August 7, 2020

 

ROAD WORK CONTINUES ON ROUTES IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

 

Weather permitting, MoDOT crews will be doing the following work in Montgomery County. All work will be completed between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. each day.

 

Montgomery County Route ZZ - Aug. 10-12, the road will be closed from Missouri Route 19 to Montgomery County Route B for overlay operations.

 

Interstate 70 westbound - Aug. 18, the passing lane will be closed between mile marker 175 and mile marker 174 for core drilling operations. There will be a 12 ft. width restriction in place while the work is completed.

 

Motorists will need to use alternate routes for the closure. 

 

This work is weather dependent and could be rescheduled or delayed.

 

ILLINOIS MAN KILLED IN ACCIDENT AT LAKE OF THE OZARKS

 

Authorities say an Illinois man has died after being hit by a boat anchor on Lake of the Ozarks. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says the incident happened Wednesday afternoon, when 55-year-old Craig Gathmann, of Manito, Illinois, began operating a boat with the anchor still in the water. The patrol says once the anchor released, the tension in the rope caused it to catapult out of the water, hitting Gathmann.
He was rushed to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Patrol records show the incident was the second boating death on the lake this year.

 

 

 

 

 

 




August 6, 2020

 

ROAD WORK WILL TEMPORARILY IMPACT MONTGOMERY COUNTY ROUTE ZZ

 

Weather permitting, MoDOT crews will be doing the following work in Montgomery County. All work will be completed between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. each day.

 

Montgomery County Route ZZ - Aug. 10-12, the road will be closed from Missouri Route 19 to Montgomery County Route B for overlay operations.

 

Motorists will need to use alternate routes during these times. 

 

This work is weather dependent and could be rescheduled or delayed.

 

WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA MOBILE EDUCATION EXHIBIT MAKES A STOP IN ST. CHARLES

 

Wreaths Across America's Mobile Education Exhibit will visit St. Charles, MO from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm on Thursday, August 13th, for a very special public opportunity to honor America’s veterans.

           

On Thursday, August 13th the 3rdVP Gateway Blue Star Mothers will be hosting the Wreaths Across America Mobile Education Exhibit. The Exhibit will be located at St. Charles City Park Veteran’s Memorial next to the Lewis and Clark Boathouse Museum which is located at 1050 South Riverside Drive in St. Charles, MO.

This will be a special chance for people to come by and get a free exhibit tour. Members of the media, dignitaries, veterans and other interested groups are urged to come join them as this may be the only opportunity to learn more about Wreaths Across America, the work being done to honor veterans and get a first-hand account of what it is like to deliver 2.5 million Wreaths on December 19th of this year and learn how it impacts families all across America. The goal of the WAA Education Exhibit is to bring local communities and our military together with education, stories, and interactive connections.

 

This event is open to the public with social distancing, sanitation and COVID-19 safety procedures in place to protect the health of all visitors in accordance with the CDC’s recommendation for large gatherings stemming from concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. 
 

 




August 5, 2020

 

WASHINGTON MISSOURI WOMAN PLEADS GUILTY TO A FAR REACHING SCHEME INVOLVING FRAUD AND MONEY LAUNDERING

 

On Monday 34 year old Christen Diane Schulte of Washington, MO, pleaded guilty to wire fraud, bank fraud and money laundering charges related to a scheme to defraud her former employer, several individuals associated with her former employer, the Berger Levee District of Franklin County, and several financial institutions.  Schulte appeared in federal court before United States District Judge Audrey G. Fleissig who accepted the plea and set her sentencing date for November 10, 2020.

According to court documents, Schulte was a former bookkeeper and office manager of a farm and trucking companies based in New Haven, Missouri.  Between January 2018 and February 2020, Schulte knowingly and intentionally devised and executed a scheme to defraud, and to obtain moneys from, her former employer and others by means of material false and fraudulent representations in that the she, without the knowledge and authority of her former employer, diverted funds for her own personal use.  The total loss from this scheme is approximately $727,000. 

Schulte faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine on the two wire fraud charges; a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a $1,000,000 fine on the two bank fraud charges; and a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of not more than the greater of $250,000, or twice the amount laundered, on the money laundering charge.  Restitution is also mandatory.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating this case.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Kyle T. Bateman is handling the case for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

 

GOVERNOR PARSON RELEASES REPORT ON THE IMPACT OF MILITARY SPENDING IN MISSOURI

 

On Monday Governor Mike Parson announced that the military spends approximately $18.2 billion in Missouri, accounting for more than $29 billion in economic activity.

The study found that military spending contributes $11 billion to Missouri workers, and supports more than 180,000 jobs or about 7% of the state’s workforce. The $29 billion in economic activity equals about 9% of Missouri’s Gross State Product (GSP), which is the monetary value of all the goods and services produced in the state. The impacts are based on the latest available federal data from FY 2018.

“We are proud that the men and women who serve in the military or work in defense companies here in Missouri help defend our nation,” Governor Mike Parson said. “This new report reminds us that they also support our economy, creating tens of thousands of additional jobs and increasing earnings.  Our state is stronger and our communities are better places to live because of what they do for us every day.”

The Missouri Military Preparedness and Enhancement Commission (MMPEC) and its Office of the Military Advocate commissioned the study as a way to gage the success of state and local efforts to support Missouri’s military installations, defense agencies, and defense contractors, such as Boeing.

MMPEC and the Department of Economic Development’s Office of the Military Advocate work proactively to support military installations, assist defense contractors, and help members of the military find work in Missouri upon leaving the service. These efforts help support Missouri’s economy and keep skilled workers in Missouri when they separate from the military.

 




August 4, 2020

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

On Saturday, August 1 at approximately 9:25PM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 500 block of Pearson in reference to a fire.  Responding personnel found the unattached garage of a home fully involved in flame.  The fire was contained and extinguished, but the garage was a total loss.  A nearby garage and a car parked in the driveway suffered moderate heat damage.  It was determined that the fire started in the area of an electric cord running from the home to the garage.  The cord was used to power lights in the garage.

There were no injuries from the incident.

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE SUNDAY MORNING SHOTS FIRED REPORT

 

Columbia Police responded to a reported disturbance in the 5300 block of Godas Circle on Sunday, Aug. 2 at approximately 1 a.m.  While en route Boone County Joint Communications advised that shots were fired at that same location. 

Officers arrived and immediately began canvassing the area and located spent shell casings in a driveway of a residence. Officers determined the suspects had left the area prior to officers arrival. No injuries or property damage were reported.

During the investigation it was learned that three people were asked to leave the property and they refused. The homeowner reported having fired a few warning shots in the air in an effort to dissuade the three subjects from assaulting the occupants of the residence.  

Two of the suspects were identified as Allana Patricia Bullock, 43 and Lakeisha Rene Thomas, 34, both of Columbia. They were arrested for 1st degree harassment and 1st degree trespassing. They were taken into custody and remanded to the Boone County Jail. 

Police have requested a warrant be issued for the third suspect, Richard Barnet Green, 32, of Columbia. Green has not been located. 

"As a community we have to find ways to solve disputes that don’t involve the use of a gun," Chief Geoff Jones said. "I fully support our citizens in protecting themselves and hope we can find alternative solutions that keep us all safe."

This investigation will be sent to the prosecuting attorney's office to review the actions of all people involved. 

This is an ongoing investigation. There are no further details to provide at this time. If you know something, say something. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous. 

 

 




August 3, 2020

 

HERMANN MAN INJURED IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A Hermann man was injured in an accident that occurred at 8:55pm Sunday in Montgomery County.  28 year old Paul Cureton was on MO 94 when his vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway and became submerged in a ditch.  He was taken to Hermann Area District Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

WOMAN INJURED IN SUNDAY NIGHT WRECK

 

A woman was injured in a one-vehicle wreck Sunday night in St. Louis County.  The patrol says that 32 year old Tabetha Korman of Union, MO was westbound on I-44 when she suffered a medical condition, causing her Jeep to travel off the left side of the road and strike the cable median barrier.  She sustained moderate injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital South for treatment.

 

 




August 2, 2020  

 

ROAD WORK WILL TEMPORARILY IMPACT MONTGOMERY COUNTY ROUTE RA AND ZZ

 

Weather permitting, MoDOT crews will be doing the following work in Montgomery County. All work will be completed between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. each day.

 

Montgomery County Route RA - Aug. 3-5, the road will be closed from Montgomery County Route ZZ to where state maintenance ends at the gravel for overlay operations.

 

Montgomery County Route ZZ - Aug. 10-12, the road will be closed from Missouri Route 19 to Montgomery County Route B for overlay operations.

 

Motorists will need to use alternate routes during these times. 

 

This work is weather dependent and could be rescheduled or delayed.

 

MISSOURI SCHOOL DISTRICTS STRUGGLE WITH PLANS TO REOPEN

 

Several St. Louis-area school districts have decided to start the school year with online-only learning as coronavirus cases are surging.
Meanwhile, the state's largest school district is limiting the number of days each student will attend in-person.
Springfield Public Schools plan to reopen with each student attending classes for two days, and learning virtually otherwise.
Republican Gov. Mike Parson was in Springfield Wednesday and the Springfield News-Leader reports that he said he supports the district's plan.
A growing list of St. Louis-area districts are starting the school year with virtual learning due to the fast-rising number of confirmed cases of COVID-19.

 

 




July 30, 2020

 

BRANSON TO REQUIRE FACE COVERINGS IN MOST PUBLIC PLACES

 

The popular Missouri tourist town of Branson will require face coverings in most public places in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus, despite the objections of many, including comedian Yakov Smirnoff.
Smirnoff, who operates a successful theater in Branson, told the Board of Aldermen Tuesday that the mask ordinance would make his adopted home more like his native land, Russia, the Springfield News-Leader reported.
Nevertheless, the board voted 4-1 to approve the ordinance, which requires face coverings for people ages 13 and older, with some exceptions.
Missouri reopened its economy in mid-June and has seen a big surge in confirmed coronavirus cases this month.

 

SEVEN VEHICLE MONROE COUNTY CRASH INJURES TWO AND BLOCKS HIGHWAY 24 FOR SEVERAL HOURS

 

Two people were hospitalized after a seven-vehicle crash occurred at a construction zone west of Paris on U.S. 24 Tuesday morning.

The accident, which occurred around 9:45 a.m., blocked all traffic on the two-lane highway, which is the major route between Monroe City and Moberly.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a tractor-trailer truck hauling hogs, driven by Leslie Thrasher, 64, of Clarence, Missouri, failed to stop in time at the construction stop zone and collided with a Ford crossover vehicle, sending it into a ditch and causing a chain reaction accident that involved three autos and three 18-wheel trucks. Thrasher was seriously injured and airlifted to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment. The driver of the vehicle he struck, a 16-year-old female, from Paris, Missouri, was taken by ambulance to Columbia with serious injuries. The other drivers involved were not hurt. The crash report states everyone involved in the crash were wearing seat belts at the time. In addition, about half of the 100 hogs on the truck died when the rig overturned. The highway was blocked for several hours before it was re-opened.

 




July 29, 2020

 

COLUMBIA POLICE IDENTIFY SUSPECT IN WEEKEND HOMICIDE

 

Columbia Police have identified Marlin C. Johnson, 24, of Columbia as the second suspect involved in the homicide that took place near South 8th Street and Locust Street on July 25. Johnson is wanted for second-degree murder and armed criminal action. 

At approximately 12:40 a.m., Columbia Police responded to a report of shots fired where officers learned one gunshot victim was taken in a private vehicle to a local hospital for advanced medical care before officers and Emergency Medical Services arrived on scene.

CPD is asking for the public’s assistance to locate the suspect. Johnson is a black male with dreads who is 5’10 and weighs approximately 160 pounds. He is considered armed and dangerous. Please do not approach him, if you know his whereabouts or see him, call 911 immediately. 

This is an ongoing investigation. At this time there are no further details to provide.

If you know something, say something. Columbia Police are asking for your help. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

KANSAS CITY CONSIDERS NEW CORONAVIRUS RESTRICTIONS

 

Kansas City is considering joining the St. Louis area in imposing new restrictions designed to stem the virus' spread in the absence of statewide limitations.

That comes as Missouri set another single-day increase in new confirmed coronavirus cases.

Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas said in a tweet that he participated in a call Monday with Dr. Deborah Birx of the White House Coronavirus Task Force and several Midwestern mayors who are seeing reported cases rise, fueled in part by an increase in cases among young adults.

Lucas said recommendations that were suggested include reducing indoor dining seating capacity and reducing bar hours.

 




July 28, 2020

 

WOMAN DEAD, FOUR INJURED AFTER BOAT ACCIDENT ON LAKE OF THE OZARKS

 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol says one woman died and four other people were injured when two boats collided on the Lake of the Ozarks.
The driver of one of the boats was arrested on suspicion of boating while intoxicated.
The patrol says 42-year-old Dawn Steinkuehler, of High Ridge, died in the accident just after midnight Saturday.
The collision occurred on the lake's main channel when another boat hit Steinkuehler's boat.
Two people in Steinkuehler's boat were seriously injured and two others suffered minor injuries.
The driver of the second boat was not injured.

 

ASHCROFT ANNOUNCES GRANTS AWARDED TO LOCAL GOVERNMENTS FOR RECORDS MANAGEMENT, PRESERVATION PROJECTS

 

Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft is pleased to announce 11 Local Records Grant Program awards totaling $100,411. Based on the recommendations of the Missouri Historical Records Advisory Board, they provide the recipient local governments with assistance for records management and preservation projects.

 

The following grantees are now eligible to receive reimbursement up to the total listed award amount:

  • St. Francois County Recorder: $12,500 to image records
  • Cape Girardeau County Recorder: $24,995 to image records
  • Jasper County Record Center: $7,300 to image records
  • St. Clair County Collector: $2,777 to image records
  • Wright County Circuit Clerk: $6,090 for shelving
  • Reynolds County Circuit Clerk: $9,169 to image records
  • City of Crestwood: $8,960 to image records
  • West St. Francois County R-IV School District: $19,745 for shelving
  • City of St. Charles: $477 to image records
  • Buchanan County Circuit Clerk: $4,400 for a microfilm reader/printer/scanner
  • Perry County Circuit Clerk: $3,998 for a microfilm reader/printer/scanner

The Missouri State Archives’ Local Records Grant Program offers local governments, or local political subdivisions with taxing authority, funding for approved records management or preservation projects, including imaging of permanent, long-term or historically significant records. Grant awards may fund up to 70% of total project costs.

 

To learn more about the Local Records Grant Program, visit sos.mo.gov/archives/localrecs/grants/.

 




July 27, 2020

 

WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN ST. LOUIS COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A St. Louis woman was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at 11pm Sunday in St. Louis County.  52 year old Ronya Hagens was on Dunn Road when her car traveled off the left side of the roadway, into an embankment, struck a culvert and overturned.  She was taken to SSM Health DePaul Hospital with serious injuries.

 

DRIVER HURT IN EARLY MONDAY MORNING WRECK

 

A Winfield driver was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck early Monday morning in St. Louis County.  The patrol says that 36 year old Alicia Darby was westbound on I-70 when her truck ran off the right side of the road, struck a guardrail, before traveling down a steep embankment.  She was taken to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment of minor injuries.

 

MAN HURT IN SUNDAY NIGHT CRASH

 

A man was hurt in a Sunday night crash in Cole County.  49 year old Todd Rose of Argyle, MO was on Wardsville Road when he failed to negotiate a curve, causing his motorcycle to travel off the left side of the roadway, hit a road sign and then returned to the road and overturned.  He sustained minor injuries and was transported to SSM St. Mary’s Hospital in Jefferson City for treatment.

 




Weekend Report- July 25-26, 2020

 

WOMAN INJURED IN ATV ACCIDENT

 

A woman was injured in an ATV accident that occurred at around 6:20pm Saturday in Miller County.  The patrol says that 31 year old Amy Woodroof of Independence was riding her ATV on Route W when she failed to negotiate a curve, causing it to travel off the right side of the roadway, struck a road sign and ejected her from the ATV.  She refused medical treatment for moderate injuries.

 

DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN EARLY SATURDAY MORNING WRECK

 

A driver was seriously injured in a one-vehicle wreck early Saturday morning in Camden County.  50 year old Cherie Parmeley of Foristell was on Horseshoe Bend Parkway when she failed to negotiate a curve and her car ran off the right side of the road and struck several objects.  She was transported by air ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.

 

JEFF CITY MAN HURT IN COLE COUNTY CRASH

 

A Jefferson City man was hurt in an early Saturday morning crash in Cole County.  35 year old Devaron Harvell was on US 50 when his car traveled off the left side of the roadway, struck an embankment and overturned.  He was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries.

 




July 24, 2020

 

PAVEMENT REPAIRS CONTINUE FOR ROUTES IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

 

Weather permitting, MoDOT crews will be doing the following work in Montgomery County. All work will be completed between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. each day.

 

Missouri Route 19 - July 27-29, road will be reduced to one lane traffic between Montgomery County Route K and Bear Creek Bridge, that is located 0.25 mile south of Montgomery County Route Y, for pavement repairs.

 

Montgomery County Route RA - Aug. 3-5, the road will be closed from Montgomery County Route ZZ to where state maintenance ends at the gravel, for overlay operations.

 

For the closure, motorists will need to use alternate routes. Please use caution if you will be traveling near work zones. 

 

This work is weather dependent and could be rescheduled or delayed.

 

COLUMBIA CHILD DEAD AFTER BEING HIT BY VEHICLE

 

Police in central Missouri say a 3-year-old boy has died after being hit by a vehicle in a private driveway. Police said the accident happened Wednesday afternoon when the preschooler ran into the path of a vehicle being backed into the driveway by a 29-year-old woman. Police say the boy was rushed by ambulance to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The boy's name was not immediately released. Police said the investigation into the death was ongoing.

 




July 23, 2020

 

BRIDGE REPLACEMENT SET FOR NEXT MONDAY IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

 

Weather permitting, Monday, July 27, crews will begin a bridge replacement project on Missouri Route 161 in Montgomery County. The project will be the bridge at Smith Branch, located 3.4 miles south of Missouri Route 19 near Danville.

"The current bridge is 86 years old,” said Missouri Department of Transportation Area Engineer Erik Maninga. “With significant deterioration occurring over the years and for the safety of motorists, the time to replace it has arrived,” he added.

E & C Bridge, of California, Missouri was awarded the project for approximately $782,561.

The contractor has 100 calendar days to complete the project. The new bridge will be 28 feet wide which is 8 feet wider than the existing one. The road will be closed during construction.

This bridge is included in Gov. Mike Parson’s $351 million Focus on Bridges program, which will repair or replace 250 bridges across the state.

 

NECAC ONE OF ONLY FOUR NATIONAL GRANT RECIPIENTS

 

A local agency is getting national recognition again. The North East Community Action Corporation is getting 70 thousand dollars from the Local Initiatives Support Corporation. The two-year grant will be used for administration of the NECAC Aspire Partnership Small Homes program, which began earlier this month. One-bedroom homes will be built by inmates at the Lincoln County Jail and sold by NECAC in Missouri, Illinois and Iowa. LISC is a non-profit financial institution that supports community development initiatives nationally. Aspire was developed by NECAC, and is modeled after a similar project in South Dakota. Inmates will build the 612-square-foot houses with instruction from the Carpenters Union District Council of Greater St. Louis. They’ll be sold for around 37 thousand dollars. NECAC eventually hopes to offer two-bedroom and three-bedroom homes. More information is available by calling NECAC at 573-324-6622.

 

 




July 22, 2020

 

MISSOURI SETS ANOTHER SINGLE DAY CORONAVIRUS CASE RECORD

 

Missouri has again broken its own record for the highest single-day increase in reported coronavirus cases.

The health department on Tuesday reported another 1,138 cases, breaking a record set Saturday.

So far, the state has reported 34,762 cases.

The state's health department director has said cases among young people are driving the surge.

Kansas City's mayor now is urging local K-12 schools to wait until after Labor Day to reopen.

The Kansas City Star reports Mayor Quinton Lucas on Tuesday said he doesn't need to issue an order because almost all Kansas City schools have acted responsibility during the pandemic.

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

On Monday, July 20 at approximately 11:48PM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 400 block of Wade Street in reference to a crash.  Responding personnel found that Patrick Eldridge, age 39 of Mexico, was driving a 2001 Buick southbound, when he drove off the roadway striking a vehicle, a trailer, and a fence as he drove through several yards.  Eldridge was arrested on several outstanding warrants.  Investigation into the cause of the crash is ongoing.  There were no injuries from the incident.

 

On June 27 at approximately 4:41AM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 800 block of West Street in reference to a report of someone being shot.  Responding personnel found that someone forcibly entered a home and shot Chance Davis, age 25, killing him.  The Mid-Missouri Major Case Squad was activated and investigated the offense through June 29th.  Mexico Public Safety continued the investigation with the assistance of numerous other agencies to include the Audrain County Sheriff’s Office, Boone County Sheriff’s Office, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Columbia Police Department, Kirksville Police Department, and Missouri Probation and Parole.  The case was forwarded to the Audrain County Prosecuting Attorney, and on July 20 arrest warrants were issued for Deyton Curtis-Fisher, age 22, Timothy Midgyett, age 25, and Sadiq Moore, age 23.

It is believed the three are currently in the area of Quincy, Illinois and law enforcement in that area are aware.  On July 15 the Pike County, Illinois Sheriff’s Office stopped a vehicle being driven by Midgyett.  Midgyett drove from the stop while officers were trying to identify his passenger.  After a pursuit, officers lost the vehicle.  Their investigation indicated the passenger was Moore.

 




July 21, 2020

 

COLUMBIA POLICE ARREST SUSPECT IN LAST WEEK’S ARMED ROBBERY

 

On Saturday, July 18, Columbia Police arrested Patrick DeQawn Taylor, 26, of Columbia, for charges of first degree robbery, first degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon and armed criminal action.

On Thursday, July 16, at approximately 2:20 a.m., Columbia Police responded to the 1800 block of East Broadway in reference to a reported strong-armed robbery. Officers made contact with the victim, who stated that a suspect approached him and demanded his wallet and phone while displaying a firearm.   

Taylor was also arrested for charges of first degree stalking, first degree trespass and second degree property damage relating to a separate incident that occurred on July 16 at approximately 2 p.m.  This is an ongoing investigation.  There are no further details to provide at this time. 

Anyone with additional information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous. 

 

JEFFERSON CITY MAN DROWNS TRYING TO HELP SWIMMER

 

Authorities say a Jefferson City man drowned after trying to help a struggling swimmer on the Meramec RiverThe Missouri State Highway Patrol says the incident unfolded at around 3 p.m. Sunday on the Meramec River, about 1.25 miles downstream from the Onandaga Boat Ramp in Crawford CountyThe agency says 24-year-old Alexander Terrell got into the water in an attempt to assist a person who was struggling and became submerged.  He was taken by ambulance to a local hospital, where he was declared dead.

 

 

 

 




July 20, 2020

 

TRADITIONAL MISSOURI STATE FAIR ATTRACTIONS CANCELED

 

The carnival midway and other traditional activities have been cancelled for the 2020 Missouri State Fair.

The Missouri State Fair Board announced Friday that the event is now pivoting to a youth livestock show.

In 1901, the fair began as a showcase of Missouri agriculture. Staying true to that tradition, the event will continue to allow the invaluable agriculture education experience to Missouri 4-H and FFA members by offering only the livestock show.

Organizers say when the original decision was made to move forward with the fair, COVID-19 cases and information was different than what it is now.

As a result, it was determined, in collaboration with Governor Mike Parson and the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, to reduce the number of people at the fairgrounds.

In addition to the carnival midway, the Opening Day Ceremony, Governor's Ham Breakfast and all other non-youth livestock related events will not take place.

The fair board will be issuing applicable refunds.

Exhibitor camping will still be available through the event and all current reservations will be honored.

Organizers add that best practices for sanitation and public health will be implemented during the youth livestock show.

The livestock show will take place August 13-23 in Sedalia.

 

KIRKSVILLE MAN SENTENCED AFTER PLEADING GUILTY TO MURDER

 

A northeast Missouri man has been sentenced after pleading guilty to murder.
On Thursday, 
Ricky Ray Sides, 51, of Kirksville, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole after pleading guilty to first-degree murder in the death of Colleen Gompakis, 47, also of Kirksville.
On July 5, 2019, Kirksville police were called for a well-being check and found Gompakis dead on the kitchen floor in her apartment on South Jamison Street.
She had received multiple head wounds.
After speaking with family and neighbors, authorities found that Sides had been living with Gompakis.
Sides was arrested the next day without incident.
In an interview with police, he admitted to the killing of Gompakis and that he had been planning the murder for some time.
Sides will remain in the Adair County Detention Center until his transfer to the Missouri Department of Corrections to begin his sentence.


 

 

 

 




Weekend Report- July 18-19, 2020

 

TWO HURT IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY WRECK

 

Two people from Mason, OH were hurt in a one-vehicle wreck that occurred at 10:45pm Saturday in Montgomery County.  40 year old Brent Crank was on Bader Road when his vehicle ran off the right side of the road, struck a ditch and overturned.  Both the driver and his passenger 41 year old Elizabeth Crank were taken to Hermann Area District Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

 

MAN INJURED IN FRIDAY NIGHT CRASH

 

A New Florence man was injured in a Friday night crash in Montgomery County.  35 year old Garrett Greeves was on Coop Road when his truck traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck a bridge guardrail and then traveled off the left side of the road and struck a large oak tree.  The report states that he left the scene of the crash. 

 

WOMAN INJURED IN FRIDAY MORNING ACCIDENT

 

A Moberly woman was injured in a Friday morning accident in Montgomery County.  The patrol says that 29 year old Christina Hughes was westbound on I-70 when she fell asleep at the wheel, causing her Jeep Patriot to strike the towed unit of a vehicle driven by Elder Thermidor of North Lauderdale, FL and then the Jeep ran off the left side of the road and overturned multiple times.  She was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries.

 




July 17, 2020

 

BRIDGE AND PATCHING WORK PLANNED FOR ROUTES IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

 

Weather permitting, MoDOT crews will be doing the following work in Montgomery County.

  

Montgomery County Route K - July 20-22, there will be one lane traffic from Missouri Route 19 to the Callaway County line for patching operations. The work will be completed between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. that day.

 

Please use caution when traveling through work zones.

 

This work is weather dependent and could be rescheduled or delayed.

 

MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ANNOUNCES UP TO $30 MILLION IN GRANT FUNDS FOR SMALL BUSINESSES

 

The Missouri Department of Economic Development (DED) announced a new Small Business Grant Program that could provide up to $30 million for Missouri small businesses. It was designed to provide relief to small businesses and family-owned farms for reimbursement of costs of business interruption caused by required closures due to the COVID-19 public health emergency.

This program also factors in $7.5 million for family-owned farms and family farm corporations. Those participating in the production of agricultural crops, livestock or livestock products, poultry or poultry products, dairy products, or horticulture products are eligible for this grant.

Organizations eligible for this grant employ 50 or fewer employees, including the owner(s). Grant amounts are initially limited to $50,000, and organizations applying must incur or have incurred costs due to COVID-19 between March 1, 2020 and November 15, 2020. Applications will consider industry, timely use of funds, and availability of funds.

The department is focused on assisting the hardest hit industries including retail trade, accommodation, food service, and health care, in addition to family-owned farms. However, this grant is not limited to these industries.

For more information about this program and more, visit ShowMeStrong.mo.gov.

 

 




July 16, 2020

 

1 DEAD 6 INJURED AFTER TRUCK CRASHES INTO RESTAURANT IN SEDALIA

 

One woman is dead and six other people were injured after a truck crashed into a Wendy's restaurant in Sedalia, Missouri.

The Columbia Missourian reports police responded to the scene at 5:38 p.m. Monday after callers said a pickup truck had traveled off the roadway and through the dining room wall of the restaurant.

Police said in a news release that their investigation found that the truck struck several trees before hitting the front of the restaurant.

The driver was not identified by police.

He was arrested for suspicion of driving while intoxicated.

 

WALMART STORES TO BEGIN REQUIRING FACE COVERINGS MONDAY

 

Walmart will require its customers to wear face coverings starting Monday, July 20.

The CEO for the retail giant said mandatory face masks will be implemented in all his stores in the U.S.

There are 4,700 supercenter and neighborhood Walmart stores and 600 Sam's Club stores in the nation.

Other retailers have announced mandatory face masks for its customers.

Best Buy will require its customers to wear masks in all of its stores, starting Wednesday.

Costco and Starbucks have announced similar policies.

This comes as the coronavirus outbreak soars across the nation.

 

SHOW-ME STATE GAMES CANCELED DUE TO COVID-19 CONCERNS

 

The 2020 Show-Me State Games has canceled its summer events to protect the health and safety of athletes, spectators, volunteers, officials and the community due to current COVID-19 concerns.

 

  • Twenty events had already been canceled due to health and safety guidelines and facility availability.
  • Additional factors that contributed to the cancellation include the withdrawal of athletes due to health concerns, the ability to monitor and enforce social distancing and/or mask usage, and the ability to recruit and train volunteers and sports commissioners.
  • Our mission is to promote health, fitness, family and fun. While we are disappointed that we won’t be able to host our sporting events, we believe we are upholding our mission by putting our participants and the community’s health first.
  • All athletes and teams who registered will receive a refund of their entry fees.



 




July 15, 2020

 

MISSOURI REPORTS HIGHEST NUMBER OF NEW CORONAVIRUS CASES TUESDAY

 

Missouri's health department has reported 936 confirmed new cases of the coronavirus, by far the largest number reported in the state in a single day since the pandemic began.

Data from the state on Tuesday also shows that hospitalizations are on the rise.

Around Missouri, 932 people were hospitalized for COVID-19 as of July 10, the most recent available date.

That is the highest total since 984 people were hospitalized on May 5.

One expert believes people were "lulled into a false sense of security" about the virus.

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR SIGNS MULTIPLE BILLS INTO LAW INCLUDING FOR FREE COVID-19 TESTING

 

COVID-19 tests recommended by doctors now must be free to Missouri patients under a new law.

The law was among several Gov. Mike Parson signed Monday.

Other measures signed by Parson will require hospitals to perform rape kits when needed.

Currently, some sexual assault survivors must travel hours to get a rape kit.

Vaping will be banned in and around public schools beginning Aug. 28.

Another law that takes effect at the end of August will ban edible medical marijuana shaped like fruit or other shapes that might appeal to children. 

 

MISSOURI TRUCK DRIVER SENTENCED IN INDIANAPOLIS CONSTRUCTION ZONE CRASH

 

A truck driver has been sentenced to 9 years in prison for causing a highway construction zone crash in Indianapolis that killed a woman and her 18-month-old twin daughters.
A Marion County judge ordered the prison term Monday for 58-year-old 
Bruce Pollard of Sturgeon, Missouri, after he pleaded guilty but mentally ill to reckless homicide and other charges for the July 2019 crash.
Pollard was driving a semi trailer that prosecutors said was going 65 mph and didn't begin to break until the truck hit the first of several vehicles slowed for an Interstate 465 construction zone.

 

 

 




July 14, 2020

 

CENTRAL MISSOURI MAN CHARGED FOR ALLEGED GUN THREAT

 

A man was charged Monday after allegedly threatening this weekend to use a gun at St. Mary's Hospital in Jefferson City.
The Jefferson City News-Tribune reports 49-year-old Clinton Miller of Mokane, Missouri, was charged with first-degree making a terrorist threat.
Officers were called to the hospital at about 12:24 p.m. Sunday after Miller allegedly told emergency room staff he had a gun and would use it if he could not see his ex-wife and daughter, who had come to the hospital about an hour earlier.
Responding officers located him in the hospital parking lot, but did not find a gun.

 

COLE COUNTY JUDGE REJECTS INJUNCTION IN MAIL IN BALLOT SUIT

 

A judge rejected Friday a motion that would have immediately made it easier for Missourians to vote with a mail-in ballot during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Jefferson City News-Tribune reports Cole County Judge Jon Beetem denied the motion for a preliminary injunction sought by the Missouri NAACP and the League of Women Voters.
At issue is how voting will work this year as public health officials urge people to social distance to avoid spreading COVID-19.
The lawsuit seeks to allow all Missourians to cast absentee ballots without notarization in 2020.

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT

 

On Saturday, July 11 at approximately 9:56PM, a strong thunderstorm started at Mexico and began moving to the southeast.  The storm brought heavy rain, hail, and strong wind gusts.  Electricity was temporarily out in the south part of town, and a tree fell across the northbound lane of Business US Highway 54 (S. Clark St.) at about 10:29PM.  MPSD directed traffic until the Missouri Department of Transportation (MODOT) could respond and get the roadway re-opened.  S. Clark was reduced to one lane for about two hours.  There were no injuries from the incident.

 

On Saturday, July 11 at approximately 7:34PM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the area of the 500 block of W Teal Lake Rd in reference to a crash.  Responding personnel found that Lee Stulce, Jr., age 58 of Mexico, was operating a Cub Cadet riding lawnmower partially on the roadway, traveling east.  Stulce pulled the lawnmower completely onto the roadway and was struck by a 2000 Ford, SUV that was also traveling east, being driven by Cassandra West, age 23 of Mexico.  Stulce was transported to University Hospital by Audrain Ambulance District, where he was admitted for treatment to his injuries.

 




July 13, 2020

 

MISSOURI REPORTS 472 MORE COVID-19 CASES SATURDAY

 

The Missouri Department of Heath and Senior Services is reporting 472 more confirmed cases of COVID-19, bringing the total to 27,133.

The state on Saturday also reported five more deaths, bringing the total to 1,064.

State health officials say new cases of the coronavirus are being spread primarily by young people who infect many others.

Health department spokeswoman Lisa Cox on Friday said that the average age of newly diagnosed cases in the past week was 37.4.

Officials suspect the actual number of infected people is much higher than the statistics indicate because many people with mild or no symptoms do not get tested.

The rapidly rising number of confirmed new coronavirus cases is prompting facial-covering requirements in several areas of Missouri.

Twice this week Missouri set new single-day highs.

In the first five days of the week, Missouri has reported 3,225 new cases.

Kansas City is extending its facial covering requirement through at least Aug. 15.

Joplin and St. Joseph have issued new orders, and Springfield is considering requiring masks.

St. Louis and St. Louis County both began requiring face coverings this month.

 

TRIAL SET FOR NEMO MAN ACCUSED IN CHILD’S DEATH

 

A jury trial is now set for a northeast Missouri man accused in the death of a toddler.

Marcus Mays, of LaGrange, is charged with murder in the August 2018 death of 2-year-old Taylen Allen, who he was watching

According to our sister station, KHQA, his trial is now scheduled for December 14 in Adair County court in Kirksville.

His case was moved from Lewis County on a change of venue.

Mays was arrested after the child was taken to Blessing Hospital with severe injuries.

Allen died five days later at Children's Hospital in St. Louis, after allegedly being hit in the head numerous times.

A preliminary autopsy report revealed in court blamed the child's death on Mays.

Mays has pleaded not guilty to counts of 2nd degree murder, child abuse, child endangerment and drug possession.

 




Weekend Report- July 11-12, 2020

 

MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH

 

A man was seriously injured in a motorcycle crash that occurred at 4:45am Saturday in Gasconade County.  28 year old Dennis Page of Owensville was riding his motorcycle on Route P when it began to skid and overturned, ejecting him while it continued north, crossed the center line and came to rest on its side in the southbound lane.  He was taken to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.

 

MAN KILLED IN ATV ACCIDENT EARLY FRIDAY MORNING

 

A man was killed in an ATV accident early Friday morning in Miller County.  The patrol says that 35 year old Kevin Eckstein of Eugene, MO was riding his ATV on Eugene Road at Shepherd Street when it traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck a mailbox and overturned.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

TEEN HURT IN ST. CHARLES COUNTY WRECK

 

A St. Louis teen was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Saturday night in St. Charles County.  18 year old Tyler Pennington was on Highway 370 when his car struck the concrete median barrier and then ran across the lanes and off the right side of the road.  He was transported by ambulance to St. Joseph East Hospital in St. Charles for treatment of minor injuries.

 




July 10, 2020

 

ST. LOUIS MAN ACCUSED OF LEADING DRUG DISTRIBUTION RING PLEADS GUILTY

 

A man who was accused of leading a large drug distribution organization in St. Louis has pleaded guilty to federal charges.

The guilty plea for 44-year-old Guy Goolsby of St. Louis was announced Thursday.

Goolsby admitted to conspiring to distribute large quantities of cocaine, heroin and fentanyl.

Thirteen others who were indicted along with Goolsby in May 2019 are awaiting trial.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in St. Louis says law enforcement seized more than $2 million of drug proceeds.

Federal investigators say the ring brought drugs from Houston and Florida to St. Louis.

Goolsby could face up to life in prison at sentencing in October.

 

REST AREAS ON I-44 IN CONWAY, MO TEMPORARILY CLOSED DUE TO COVID-19

 

An employee with the company that cleans Missouri’s welcome centers has tested positive for COVID-19. Facilities recently cleaned by the individual at Conway, Missouri have been closed on both sides of Interstate 44.

DBi, the company contracted to clean Missouri rest areas and welcome centers, notified the Missouri Department of Transportation early Thursday, July 9 of the positive test. Both eastbound and westbound facilities were immediately closed to the public.

The welcome centers will be cleaned following CDC guidance and utilizing EPA-registered disinfectants.

The westbound side is being cleaned and disinfected first and will reopen on Saturday, July 11. The eastbound facility will then be cleaned and disinfected and will reopen Sunday, July 12.

Parking will still be available at both welcome centers. DBi is installing portable toilets at the locations that were scheduled to be delivered on site by 1:00 p.m. today. There will be three units at both the eastbound and westbound locations, including facilities for those with disabilities.

The cleaning and disinfecting process will be performed at no cost to MoDOT.

 




July 9, 2020

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY ROUTE K TO OPEN THURSDAY

 

Weather permitting, Montgomery County Route K is scheduled to open sometime Thursday  morning at the bridge over Dry Fork Creek, located between River Trail Road and Bader Road once final stages of bridge maintenance operations are completed.

 

MISSOURI SCHOOLS WILL BE ALLOWED TO HOST STUDENTS EVERY OTHER DAY

 

Missouri school districts will be allowed to have students attend every other day and learn remotely on alternating days, helping schools avoid fund penalties related to attendance.

According to KCUR-FM, the State Board of Education passed two emergency rules Tuesday establishing hybrid instructions models.

Under the new rules, students will need to physically be in school at least two days a week.

Education Commissioner Margie Vandeven said Missouri has allocated $10 million from the CARES Act to make up for COVID-19 learning losses, but it will be up to local communities to put the pressure on school boards to create rigorous, remote learning opportunities for students.

 

HEALTH OFFICIALS SAY REPORTING DELAYS PARTIALLY TO BLAME IN CORONAVIRUS SPIKE

 

Reported cases of the coronavirus in Missouri are up by more than 700 cases.

The Tuesday increase is the highest daily increase the state has seen so far.

Health department officials say the spike is partly because of a delay in reporting from labs.

Spokeswoman Lisa Cox also says confirmed cases piled up over the holiday weekend. She says the agency expects higher-than-usual numbers Wednesday, too.

Missouri reported another 773 cases of coronavirus Tuesday and 757 new cases as of 5 p.m. Wednesday

There have been 26,341 reported cases since the virus first struck the state. At least 1,090 people have died.

 

 




July 8, 2020

 

ADAIR COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT REPORTS FOUR NEW COVID-19 CASES

 

On Tuesday, the Adair County Health Department reported four new cases of COVID-19 among county residents. That brings the year-to-date total to 104.

Three of the cases, men ages 41, 57, and 69, are related to a church revival held in Macon, Mo., from June 28 through July 1.

The fourth new case is a 24-year-old female infected by community spread.

“The cases stemming from the church revival in Macon illustrate the need for people to maintain social distance and wear masks if they attend group events,” said Jim LeBaron, administrator of the Adair County Health Department. “Taking these precautions should reduce the spread of the virus among people who have gathered for any type of occasion."

There are currently 11 Adair County residents in isolation now and 93 who have left isolation.

 

MODOT BEGINS PHASE ONE OF DIAMOND GRINDING PROJECT ON U.S. 36

 

The Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) has started the first phase of its diamond grinding project on U.S. Route 36 in Macon County.

The project will take place from the Linn County line to Bevier, Missouri.

Through this first phase, crews will be installing guardrail and performing slab jacking at various locations.

Traffic will be reduced to one lane through the work zones.

Drivers are encouraged to obey all work zone signs and personnel.

Message boards will be put up to notify drivers of future work.

The awarded contractor of the project, Emery Sapp and Sons, of Columbia, Missouri will be completing this project over the next 125 days.

The second phase of this project includes concrete patching and diamond grinding.

Diamond grinding is a pavement rehabilitation technique that smoothes the pavement.

 

 

 




July 7, 2020

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

From around Monday, June 29th through Monday, July 6th the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to complaints about, or attempted to take action on approximately 150 incidents of fireworks being discharged in the City of Mexico.  The majority of those incidents occurred during the nighttime hours of July 1st through July 4th.  Most residents discharging fireworks at their home were warned and there would be no further issues at that address.  There were people who were driving or running through various parts of town discharging fireworks.  A few summonses were issued.  Additional summonses will be issued later in the week, as officers were unable to safely catch the offenders at the time.

 

A building in the 800 block of E Breckenridge was damaged from fireworks during the overnight hours of July 2nd to July 3rd.  That is an ongoing investigation for property damage.  There were no injuries during the holiday weekend.

 

On Saturday, July 4th at approximately 4:01 AM, Mexico Public Safety officers observed two, 4-wheelers being operated on the roadway in the area of Fairground Park.  Officers attempted to stop the 4-wheelers and the drivers fled the area.  Officers located the 4-wheelers and the three people that were on them, in the area of the 1400 block of W Breckenridge.  The operators were three juveniles, ages 12-14, who had ridden the 4-wheelers to the area from a home just outside of Mexico.  The juveniles were turned over to a parent and the case will be forwarded to the 12th Circuit Court-Juvenile Division.

There were no injuries from the incident.

 

MSHP REPORTS FIVE TRAFFIC FATALITIES OVER JULY FOURTH HOLIDAY COUNTING PERIOD

 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports the following 2020 July Fourth holiday statistics:

2020 July Fourth Holiday Traffic Statistics

Troopers worked 294 traffic crashes, which included 107 injuries and all five fatalities. Troopers also made 139 DWI arrests and 126 drug arrests over the holiday weekend.

2020 July Fourth Holiday Boating Statistics

Troopers worked nine boating crashes, which included four injuries and zero fatalities. Troopers made six BWI arrests and 25 drug arrests. There was one drowning over the holiday weekend. 

The 2020 July Fourth holiday counting period began at 6 p.m., Thursday, July 2, and ended at 11:59 p.m., Sunday, July 5, 2020. 

[During the 2019 counting period, 15 people were killed and 457 injured statewide in Missouri over the holiday in 1,109 traffic crashes. Troopers arrested 162 people for driving while intoxicated last year. Over the 2019 July Fourth holiday, there were nine boating crashes, which included four injuries and zero fatalities. Three people drowned during last year's holiday. Troopers made 13 boating while intoxicated arrests during the 2019 counting period.]

 

 

 




July 6, 2020

 

BRIDGE AND PATCHING WORK CONTINUES FOR ROUTES IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

 

Weather permitting, MoDOT crews will be doing the following work in Montgomery County.  

 

Montgomery County Route K - July 6-14, road will be closed at Dry Fork Creek, located between River Trail Road and Bader Road, for bridge maintenance. The bridge will close at 7:00 a.m. on July 6 and will reopen at 7:00 a.m. on July 14.

 

Montgomery County Route TT - July 13, there will be one lane traffic from Missouri Route 161 to where state maintenance ends at the state park for patching operations. The work will be completed between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. that day.

 

Montgomery County Route K - July 14-15, there will be one lane traffic from Missouri Route 19 to the Callaway County line for patching operations. The work will be completed between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. that day.

 

For the closure, motorists will need to use alternate routes. Please use caution when traveling through work zones.

 

This work is weather dependent and could be rescheduled or delayed.

 

HOLTEC GAS SYSTEMS INVESTS ALMOST $3 MILLION TO EXPAND IN ST. CHARLES

 

Holtec Gas Systems, a certified designer and manufacturer of advanced nitrogen generators, has announced an investment of around $3 million to purchase and update a 50,000-square-foot facility to expand in St. Charles. Holtec celebrated 20 years in business in 2019, and moved out of a nearly 7,000-square-foot facility in Chesterfield, MO on June 11, 2020.

Holtec worked with the Missouri Department of Economic Development’s International Trade and Investment Office to strengthen their international marketing strategy. Their expansion into a new facility will give them greater opportunities to fulfill international orders and requests. Holtec has also worked closely with the department’s regional engagement team, which was able to connect the manufacturer with additional assistance.

Holtec offers a wide range of standard and custom nitrogen generators based on advanced membrane and Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) technologies for both domestic and international markets. They received the Global Growth Award from the World Trade CenterSt. Louis in 2014, and the International Growth Award from Missouri Association of Manufacturers in 2015 for having over 40% export rate in the last several years. Holtec dedicates time to research and development in order to provide the most efficient and advanced nitrogen generators available on the market for the food and beverage; oil and gas; pharmaceutical and electronic industries; laser cutting; and more.

Holtec is dedicated to providing customers with the highest quality products and solutions engineered to fit their needs. Throughout their time in business, they have remained focused on their company values by creating energy conscious, affordable, and safe products. Not only are they making a difference for their customers, but they are making a difference in their community by providing job opportunities and community partnerships.

 

 

 

 

 




July 5, 2020

 

WORK SET TO BEGIN ON THE CLIMBING LANES OF MINEOLA HILL ON I-70 IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

 

Motorists will soon begin to see work to add a third lane on both east and westbound Interstate 70 in Montgomery County in the area known as Mineola Hill, located near mile marker 170 at Danville. The ESS Team, headquartered in Columbia, Missouri, will lead the project. The ESS Team is comprised of Emery Sapp & Sons serving as the prime contractor and Bartlett & West providing the design services.

Crews are expected to be on site the week of July 6 to begin setting traffic control, as well as clearing on the west end working east. They will also be setting erosion control as land disturbance takes place.

This highway project was made possible by a federal Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant in combination with the replacement of the I-70 Missouri River Bridge at Rocheport in Boone and Cooper Counties.

Construction is expected to be completed by next fall. The program budget is $15.8 million dollars which includes preliminary engineering, construction engineering, stipends and the $14.4 million dollar design-build contract.

 

FULTON MAN ARRESTED FOR ATTEMPTED STATUTORY RAPE & SODOMY

 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control announces the arrest of 30 year old Benjamin L. Roderick of Fulton on Thursday, July 2 for attempted statutory rape and sodomy. The arrest was the result of an investigation into his alleged sexual communication with a juvenile. The investigation was conducted by members of the Division of Drug and Crime Control, Stover (MO) Police Department, and the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office. 

Roderick was arrested at his residence, located on 9th Street, in Fulton. The Morgan County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office formally charged Roderick with attempted statutory rape-second degree and attempted statutory sodomy-second degree. He is being held at the Morgan County Jail, with a bond of $50,000.

 




July 2, 2020

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

Mexico Department of Public Safety is seeking information regarding the murder of Chance J. Davis on June 27. Davis was shot in his home on Saturday and we have been fervently searching for his killer. If you have any information that would lead to the apprehension of that person, we need to know about it now. Davis was a well-liked aspiring rap artist. His family and friends are desperately wanting justice for this tragedy. Please, call Mexico Public Safety (573 581 2100) or CRIMESTOPPERS (800) 392-TIPS or (800) 392-8477.

 

Crime Stoppers is a means for people with information about a crime to provide that information to the Public Safety Department and still remain anonymous. Crime Stoppers provides rewards of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and convictions of person(s) responsible for committing a crime.

 

PLAN A SAFE JULY 4TH WEEKEND

 

Colonel Eric T. Olson, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, encourages Missouri’s travelers to make smart choices for a safe July Fourth holiday. The state’s wide variety of recreational opportunities are a great way to celebrate our nation’s freedoms. But, no matter what you plan for the long weekend, you can’t go wrong if you choose to follow all Missouri traffic and boating laws. It is also important to observe social distancing and other CDC guidelines related to the coronavirus, and stay home if you are ill.

During the 2019 counting period, 15 people were killed and 457 injured in Missouri over the holiday in 1,109 traffic crashes. Over the 2019 July Fourth holiday, troopers arrested 162 people for driving while intoxicated. In 2019, there were nine boating crashes, which included four injuries and zero fatalities. Three people drowned during last year's July Fourth holiday. Troopers made 13 boating while intoxicated arrests in 2019. 

The 2020 counting period for the July Fourth holiday will be from 6 p.m., Thursday, July 2, to 11:59 p.m., Sunday, July 5, 2020. 

The Highway Patrol will be participating in Operation C.A.R.E. (Crash Awareness & Reduction Effort) and Operation Dry Water over the July Fourth holiday weekend. Operation Dry Water specifically targets impaired vessel operators. All available troopers will be patrolling Missouri roadways and waterways to enforce traffic and boating laws, and offering assistance as needed. 

Remember: Statutes direct motorists to drive with the highest degree of care. There is never a good reason to drive over the speed limit. Please be a courteous driver and follow all traffic laws. Never drink and drive, and always use a seat belt! 

Missouri’s boaters are asked to do their part by remaining alert for other boats and swimmers, and being courteous on the water. With more boats on the water, it is even more important to pay attention when operating your vessel. Never operate a vessel if you’ve consumed alcohol. Boaters need to be aware that it is illegal to discharge fireworks from a vessel. Leave all fireworks in a safe place on shore. 

Anyone needing assistance or who witnesses criminal activity while traveling on Missouri’s roadways or waterways can contact the nearest Highway Patrol troop headquarters by calling the Patrol Emergency Report Line at 1-800-525-5555 or *55 on a cellular phone. Motorists may call 1-888-275-6636 to check for road construction along their travel route.

 




July 1, 2020

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

Mexico Public Safety requested the Mid Missouri Major Case Squad be activated on Saturday morning, June 27 to assist in the investigation of the murder of Chance Davis. On Tuesday they released the Major Case Squad, but will be continuing the investigation with a dedicated team of Mexico Public Safety officers. Over the weekend and throughout Monday they have followed numerous leads in multiple jurisdictions, this investigation has brought forth information that a black sedan, similar to a Chevrolet Impala, dropped off two suspects a few blocks from the home. The suspects forcibly entered the home, shot Davis and then ran from the scene.

Anyone with information is asked to contact CRIMESTOPPERS at (800) 392-TIPS or (800) 392-8477 or Mexico Public Safety at (573) 473-5800 or (573) 581-2100.  

  

CORONAVIRUS HAS NOW CLAIMED THE LIVES OF 1,000 MISSOURIANS

 

Missouri has reached a grim new milestone in its battle with the coronavirus.

The state's COVID-19 death toll rose by 17 on Tuesday, surpassing the 1,000 mark amid a resurgence of the disease that has seen cases skyrocket in recent weeks.

The state health department also added more than 500 confirmed cases to the statewide tally, raising it to 21,551 since the pandemic started.

The number of confirmed cases has quickly increased since the state reopened for business on June 16, swelling by 10.9% in just the last seven days, health officials said. Despite the worsening situation, the University of Missouri said Monday that it is preparing to welcome back students for on-campus classes this fall.

 

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI TO REQUIRE MASKS FOR IN PERSON CLASSES

 

University of Missouri students, faculty and staff will be required to wear masks in classrooms when on-campus classes resume this fall.

The university is planning for the return of students after classes were moved online in March in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

University of Missouri System President Mun Choi said in a statement Monday the plans for fall classes will continue to evolve in the weeks before classes begin in August. That includes preparing for a return to online classes if that becomes necessary. Students will be required to take online training about the coronavirus requirements before they can return to campus.

 




June 30, 2020

 

BRANSON SEES CORONAVIRUS SPIKE AFTER BUSINESSES REOPEN

 

A jump in coronavirus cases after many businesses in the Branson area reopened to tourists has health officials concerned.
The Taney County Health Department urged people to wear masks in public after reporting 11 new cases of COVID-19 Saturday.
The county's virus cases jumped to 54 from 15 over the past two weeks, and that total doesn't include visitors to the area who test positive but are counted in their home counties.
Many of Branson's businesses have reopened for tourism, including miniature golf courses, shops and restaurants.
Many entertainers have returned to their stages around Branson as well.

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR SAYS HE WILL NOT CONTEST PLANNED PARENTHOOD’S LICENSE

 

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson will not contest the license issued to the state's only abortion clinic following a yearlong legal battle over whether the Planned Parenthood center could stay open.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the administration's decision to issue an operating license last week to Planned Parenthood's clinic in St. Louis makes an appeal unneeded.

Republican Attorney General Eric Schmitt's office says the issue is moot and no further action will be taken.

The Department of Health and Senior Services last year declined to renew the clinic's license, which meant it wouldn't have been allowed to provide abortions.

Planned Parenthood sued.

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

On Saturday morning, June 27 at 4:41 am, Mexico Department of Public Safety was called to a house on 800 block of West Street.  A woman reported that an intruder had come into the house and shot her 25 year old boyfriend.  The victim was declared deceased at the scene.  Mexico Public Safety has requested the assistance and support of the Mid Missouri Major Case Squad.

 

Update: The family of the victim has been notified of the loss of Chance J. Davis.

The investigation is continuing.  Anyone with information about this or any other crime is asked to contact CRIMESTOPPERS at (800) 392-TIPS or (800) 392-8477 or Mexico Public Safety at (573) 473-5800 or (573) 581-2100.

 




June 29, 2020

 

AMEREN MISSOURI ANNOUNCES THE RETURN OF LATE FEES NEXT MONTH

 

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Ameren Missouri has offered its customers a variety of programs, like its Clean Slate program, to help customers pay their utility bills.

However, Ameren Missouri will be reinstating late payment fees soon.

Starting July 15, late payment fees will be reinstated for Ameren Missouri’s larger non-residential customers.

Residential and small non-residential electric and gas customers have until August 3 before late payment fees will be reinstated.

If you are in need of payment assistance call 1-800-552-7583 or visit Ameren Missouri's energy assistance website.

 

HEARTLAND CITIES COULD SEE SCENIC SUNSETS AS SAHARAN DUST SETTLES

 

Some cities around the Heartland may see some scenic sunrises and sunsets over the next few days.

Over the past couple of weeks, dust has made it way from the Sahara Desert in Africa across the Atlantic Ocean to the United States.

This dust was carried west by trade winds and eventually got swept through the Gulf of Mexico into the southern United States.

The main impacts caused by the dust will be most prevalent in the southeastern United States, but some of the dust may make it to the Heartland this weekend.

One impact from the dust will be for changes in air quality.

This can cause people with allergies and other respiratory conditions to be impacted, however, in the Heartland, this should not be a big issue.

The biggest impact we could see is the reddish tint in the sky during the day.

This occurs because after the white light from the sun reaches the earth, the dust particles in the atmosphere absorb every color wavelength except red.

Therefore, leaving people with the possibility of seeing some very scenic sunrises and sunsets over the next few days.

 




Weekend Report- June 27-28, 2020

 

PATCHING OPERATIONS PLANNED FOR ROUTES IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

 

Weather permitting, MoDOT crews will be doing the following patching work in Montgomery County.  

 

Missouri Route 19 - June 29-30, road will be down to one lane traffic from Route WW to Route Y for patching operations. Work will be completed between 7:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. each day. 

 

Montgomery County Route TT - CANCELLED - June 30,

 

Montgomery County Route K - July 7-9. road will be closed at Dry Fork Creek, located between River Trail Road and Bader Road, for bridge maintenance. Work will be completed between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. each day.

 

Motorists need to use caution if they will be traveling in these areas.

 

This work is weather dependent and could be rescheduled or delayed.

 

RANKEN TECHNICAL COLLEGE TO OPEN CAMPUS IN LINCOLN COUNTY

 

St. Louis-based Ranken Technical College, in collaboration with the Lincoln County R-III School District, the State of Missouri, Lincoln County, and the City of Troy, is establishing a new campus in Troy, Missouri. Ranken will provide secondary and post-secondary education and training for the region, and initially focus on the emerging technologies of aquaponics, advanced manufacturing, renewable energy, as well as building and construction trades.

Students will be able to begin classes this academic year and move to the new, nearly 25,000 square foot facility in the fall of 2021.

The facility is projected to cost around $5,000,000, and the County has submitted a grant to the Economic Development Administration, which, if approved, will provide up to 80% reimbursement. An additional $1,000,000 in funding was previously allocated by the State of Missouri, facilitated by Senator Riddle and Representative Pietzman, to aid in workforce development in Lincoln County.

The Lincoln County campus will offer programs based upon the Ranken model of work-based learning with an apprentice-styled, microenterprise structure. Students gain experience, industry certifications, and earnings from working with established industry leaders. At the same time, regional companies have access to skilled talent and resources.

 




June 26, 2020

 

SOME MISSOURI CITIES TO CONSIDER REQUIRING MASKS

 

Missouri city officials are grappling with how to respond to increasing coronavirus cases when many residents are resistant to more government restrictions. The Joplin City Council on Wednesday narrowly voted down an ordinance that would have required masks to be worn in businesses and public places.

Opponents say a majority of Joplin residents are against the ordinance, and it would be difficult to enforce.

In Springfield, city council members on Tuesday heard testimony and discussed requiring citizens to wear masks while in public indoor spaces, but no official action was taken.

 

MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE CONTINUES TO MAKE CHANGES DUE TO PANDEMIC

 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Missouri Department of Revenue extended the individual, corporation and partnership tax filing deadline to July 15.

At the same time, the department granted time extensions to renew expiring driver licenses and vehicle registrations.

Missouri Department of Revenue Director Ken Zellers said that staffers have been working to utilize technology to provide a more seamless transition for Missourians.

"We have refocused efforts to efficiently process the 300% increase in online motor vehicle registration renewals, as well as the 28% increase in mailed motor vehicle titling and registration applications. We have also made changes to allow license offices to process many motor vehicle renewal transactions by phone."

Starting July 31, due to COVID-19, the Missouri Department of Revenue will also be automatically renewing and mailing permanent disabled placards for eligible individuals.

 

VANDALS DO $30,000 OF DAMAGE ON THE TRUMAN STATE UNIVERSITY CAMPUS

Three vandals are accused of doing approximately $30,000 worth of damage on the Truman State University campus recently.

University spokesman Travis Miles said it all happened in the early morning hours of June 15, 2020.

Shortly after 3 a.m. that day, Truman's Department of Public Safety was notified of people in the area of Truman’s Baldwin properties, located on the southern part of campus.

An officer who responded noticed a garage door had been rammed open by a university owned golf cart.

A short time later, a golf cart and a utility vehicle were reported traveling north on Osteopathy Street on the other side of town.

When officers caught up with the suspects, they confirmed the vehicles belonged to Truman.

Groundskeepers told us the suspects also rammed another smaller garage door at the Baldwin properties location using a stolen golf cart.

They said the criminals blew the engine on one of the UTVs.

They bent the frame on another utility vehicle.

Over at Stokes Stadium, the suspects rammed through a section of the chain-link fence surrounding the track and grandstand.

A gate there was also damaged.

Miles said the three also broke into a storage building at the stadium.

Later, investigators discovered another utility vehicle and golf cart were missing.

All four of the vehicles were eventually recovered, with two of them having significant damage.

Truman officers have identified the three people they believe are responsible for the crime spree. One is 18 years old, and the other two are juveniles.

No arrests have been made at this time, but Miles said charges will likely be coming soon.

Officers from the Kirksville Police Department assisted with the case.

 




June 25, 2020

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR CLAIMS RISE IN COVID-19 CASES IS NOT SECOND WAVE

 

The number of Missourians infected by COVID-19 since the pandemic began in March now stands at over 18,000.

As the number of cases continues to rise in some areas, Missouri Governor Mike Parson said he does not plan on shutting down the state for a second time.

The governor is assuring Missourians that the state is prepared, and that the increase in positive cases is due to more testing taking place.

"This is not a surge or a second wave going on in Missouri. These are outbreaks in specific areas and we are aggressively testing in these areas to box-in the virus and prevent further spreading. Even though we have seen some increases in certain areas, Missouri's positivity rate has dropped to roughly 5.6%"

Governor Parson adds that the health care system in Missouri remains stable and that the vast majority of positive cases does not result in hospitalization.

According to state data, nearly 600 Missourians are hospitalized due to COVID-19.

 

MISSOURI SUPREME COURT SENDS VOTING LAWSUIT DOWN FOR REVIEW

 

The Missouri Supreme Court is sending a lawsuit over absentee voting during the coronavirus pandemic back to a lower court for review.

Supreme Court judges on Tuesday ruled that Cole County Circuit Court Judge Jon Beetem was wrong to dismiss the case.

They're sending the case back to the lower court for further review.

Civil rights groups had sued to ensure all Missouri voters can cast absentee ballots in the upcoming elections without getting them notarized.

Under a new law, people considered at-risk of the coronavirus can vote absentee without needing to have their ballot notarized this year.

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

On Wednesday at 2:31pm, a Mexico Department of Public Safety officer on patrol 500 block of Fairgrounds Road. The officer noticed black smoke in the area and located the source in the backyard of a house on that block.  Upon investigation, the fire was found to be in a large camping tent. The fire was quickly extinguished.  The fire continues to be under investigation.  There were no injuries during the incident.

 




June 24, 2020

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE SHOTS FIRED SUNDAY NIGHT

 

At approximately 11:22 p.m., on Sunday Columbia police officers responded to reports of shots fired in the 500 block of Scott Boulevard. This was the second incident that took place in that  area over the weekend.

Upon arrival, officers located a 16-year-old male victim who sustained a non-life threatening gunshot wound. While on scene, officers rendered immediate medical aid to the victim until emergency medical services (EMS) arrived and transported him to a local hospital to treat his injuries.

While canvassing the area, the officers were able to locate several shell casings. 

Witnesses described the suspect's vehicle as a dark colored SUV with the rusted areas on the passenger side of the car and on the hood. There is no further description to provide at this time. 

This is an active investigation and will be handled by detectives with the Criminal Investigations Division. CPD believes this incident is connected to a previous incident that occurred early Saturday morning.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous. 

 

RESTAURANT SURVEILLANCE FOOTAGE CAPTURES DEPUTY SHOOTING WOMAN

 

A restaurant's surveillance footage captured a Missouri sheriff's deputy fatally shoot a woman and investigators are trying to determine whether the woman also recorded the encounter.

In search warrants, a Missouri State Highway Patrol investigator described the video as showing the Pettis County deputy make contact with 25-year-old Hannah Fizer on June 13 before drawing his gun.

The Kansas City Star reports that Fizer can be seen moving in her car before the deputy fired his weapon.

The Star has not obtained or seen the video.

Such evidence is normally closed to public view during an active investigation.

 

KIRKSVILLE HOUSE FIRE KILLS ONE, CRITICALLY INJURES ANOTHER

 

A morning house fire in Kirksville left one man dead and another man badly injured.

Just before 8:50 a.m. Tuesday, the Kirksville Fire Department was called to a home at 505 West Elizabeth Street.

Fire Chief Jon Cook told KTVO there were heavy flames in the front part of the home when crews arrived.

One man was rescued from the home. Another was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators said Dennis Baker, 66, of Kirksville died as a result of the fire.

His stepfather, Randall Cary, 81, also of Kirksville, was injured in the blaze.

He was taken by ambulance to the helipad at Air Evac Headquarters and then flown to a Columbia hospital for treatment.

As of late Tuesday afternoon, Cary was listed in critical condition.

An autopsy on Baker is scheduled for Thursday.

Local and state officials are investigating.

Fire Investigator Ray Jagger with the Kirksville Police Department said the blaze appears to be accidental, but it is still under investigation at this time.

 




June 23, 2020

 

TRAFFIC STOP IN CALLAWAY COUNTY LEADS TO DISCOVERY OF $300,000 WORTH OF METH

 

A traffic stop on US Highway 54 near State Road HH in Callaway County led to the discovery of more than 5 pounds of methamphetamine.

According to a post on the Callaway County Sheriff's Office Facebook page, the traffic stop happened Sunday morning.

The post said K9 Kreiger discovered the meth and other drugs.

The sheriff's office said the 5 and a half pounds of meth is worth over $300,000 alone.

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE SHOTS FIRED REPORT SATURDAY MORNING

 

At approximately 1:43 a.m., on June 20, officers responded to reports of shots fired in the 500 block of Scott Boulevard

Upon arrival, officers located two male juveniles, ages 13 and 16, with gunshot wounds and immediately rendered aid. Two ambulances were called to assist and transported both victims to a local hospital to treat non-life threatening injuries.

No suspect information is available at this time. This is an active investigation and will be handled by detectives with the Criminal Investigations Division. 

There are no further details to provide at this time. Anyone with information about this incident is urged to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous. 




June 22, 2020

 

PATCHING OPERATIONS CONTINUE IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

 

Weather permitting, MoDOT crews will be doing the following patching work in Montgomery County.

  

Interstate 70 North Outer Road - June 22-23, road will be down to one lane traffic from Missouri Route 19 to the city limits of High Hill for patching operations. Work will be completed between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

 

Missouri Route 19 - June 29, road will be down to one lane traffic from Route WW to Route Y for patching operations. Work will be completed between 7:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m. that day. 

 

Montgomery County Route TT - June 30, road will be down to one lane traffic from Missouri Route 161 to where state maintenance ends for patching operations.  Work will be completed between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. that day.

 

This work is weather dependent and could be rescheduled or delayed.

 

OVERNIGHT BRIDGE DEMOLITION TO TEMPORARILY CLOSE I-70 IN CALLAWAY COUNTY

 

Motorists traveling Interstate 70 will be using alternate routes one night this week in order to make way for a new bridge on Callaway County Route D over the interstate.

The bridge replacement will begin on June 23 and the bridge will be closed for up to three months. Route D lanes will be closed starting at 9 a.m. as a contractor for the Missouri Department of Transportation begins preparing the bridge for demolition.

For the safety of workers and motorists, crews will be closing I-70 in both directions from Route A/Z to Route D/YY for one night while demolition takes place. This closure is expected to begin the evening of Tuesday, June 23rd. Single lane closures will start at 7 p.m., with a full closure expected at 9 p.m. and lasting until 6 a.m.

 




Weekend Report- June 20-21, 2020

MAN INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT EARLY SUNDAY MORNING

A man was injured in a motorcycle accident that occurred at 12:55am Sunday in Franklin County.  42 year old Christian Harnetiaux of Greenville, IL was eastbound on I-44 when his motorcycle traveled off the left side of the roadway and overturned.  He was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis for treatment of moderate injuries.

MOTORCYCLIST SERIOUSLY INJURED IN FRANKLIN COUNTY CRASH

A motorcyclist was seriously injured in a Saturday night crash in Franklin County.  38 year old Timothy Gillispie of Union, MO was riding his motorcycle on Route YY when it ran off the left side of the road, struck a road sign and overturned.  He was taken to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis with serious injuries.

TWO SERIOUSLY INJURED IN FRIDAY EVENING WRECK

Two people from Moscow Mills were seriously injured in a one-vehicle wreck Friday evening in Pike County.  The patrol says that 61 year old Darrell Fastzkie was on US 61 when his truck ran off the right side of the roadway and overturned.  Both Darrell and his passenger 63 year old Kathryn Fastzkie were taken to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis with serious injuries.

  

 




June 19, 2020

 

LINCOLN COUNTY MAN INDICTED ON MURDER CHARGE IN EXTREME STRANGULATION DEATH OF HIS WIFE

 

A Lincoln County man has been indicted on first degree murder charges for allegedly strangling his wife in May.

According to KMOV.com law enforcement officials found Albert Cassella’s wife unresponsive at their home in Old Monroe on May 20.  She was rushed to the hospital where she died four days later.  They said the victim suffered “extreme strangulation.”

He was initially charged with first degree domestic assault, but Prosecuting Attorney Mike Wood said a grand jury had indicted him on the murder charge.

Cassella is currently being held without bond in the Lincoln County jail.

 

FUGITIVE FOUND IN HOLE UNDER HOME IN CALLAWAY COUNTY

 

According to KOMU.com Callaway County Sheriff's deputies executed a search warrant on a home in the 1800 block of Stephanie Court near Hatton, Missouri on Tuesday after receiving "credible information" that federal fugitive Jay Hager was inside. 

Deputies, assisted by state troopers, used a K-9 team to find Hager, who was wanted on a federal warrant for firearms violations.  The report states that Hager was found in a hole under the home.  He was transported to the custody of the United State's Marshal's Service on Wednesday.

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

On Wednesday at approximately 2:18PM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 4700 block of US Highway 54 (E Liberty St) in reference to a vehicle fire.  Responding personnel found a 2002 Dodge pick-up truck stopped along the south side of the roadway with flame in the engine compartment and entering the passenger compartment.  The fire was contained and extinguished in those areas with the front portion of the truck suffering significant fire damage.  The fire apparently started in the engine compartment due to a mechanical failure.  Traffic was reduced to one lane for about 45 minutes.  There were no injuries from the incident.

 




June 18, 2020

 

CENTRALIA WOMAN HIT AND KILLED BY DRUNK DRIVER

 

A Centralia woman is dead after she was hit by a drunk driver in Boone County Tuesday.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, an SUV driven by 36 year old Amy Rievely of Glasgow, Missouri was eastbound on Lakeview Street in Centralia just west of Orchard Street at around 7:17 p.m. Tuesday.  As Rievely was driving along the street, 74 year old Sharon Uebinger was walking on the south side of the roadway.  Rievely traveled off the south side of the road and struck Uebinger.  She then returned to the road, made a U turn and fled the scene of the crash.  Uebinger was taken to University Hospital in Columbia where she was pronounced dead.  Rievely was found and arrested for driving while intoxicated.

 

MISSOURI TO REINSTATE UNEMPLOYMENT AND FOOD STAMP REQUIREMENTS JULY 1

 

Missouri is reinstating requirements for unemployment and food stamps that had been waived because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Workers will need to comply with job search requirements to continue getting unemployment after July 4.  The state also will start requiring families to verify that they're still eligible to get food stamps beginning July 1.  Meanwhile, the coronavirus is spreading beyond Missouri's largest cities.  The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the share of cases coming from rural areas now accounts for about 30% of the state's new cases - a greater portion than ever before.

 

AS MISSOURI REOPENS, CDC OFFERS SAFETY GUIDELINES

 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently published guidelines for people re-emerging from shelter-in-place orders. The guidelines are intended to help people stay safe as restrictions are lifted, bearing in mind that cases of COVID19 continue to increase in Adair County and across the country and there is still no vaccine.

Although there is no sure-fire way to be protected except for remaining at home with no contact with other people, the CDC has now offered information to help people who want to venture back into public spaces make wise decisions about doing that as safely as possible. There is no single, straightforward recommendation. Instead, the CDC advises people to consider four basic areas, including distance, environment, activity, and time, and the increased or decreased risk of transmission with those four alone and in combination with one another.

There has now been time for researchers to study data related to people who have had COVID19 and how the virus was transmitted to them. What those studies have shown in aggregate is that maintaining a safe distance from other people outside of your household is safer than not and that distance depends on the type of activity you’re engaged in.  For more information visit cdc.gov.

 




June 17, 2020

CORONAVIRUS IS SPREADING TO MORE RURAL COMMUNITIES IN MISSOURI

 

The coronavirus is spreading beyond Missouri's largest cities, fueled in part by outbreaks in meat packing plants and nursing homes.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the share of cases coming from rural areas now accounts for about 30% of the state's new cases -- a greater portion than ever before.

The seven-day average of daily new cases in areas of the state beyond the St. Louis and Kansas City metro regions has generally been under 50.

But since the middle of May, a gradual climb has pushed the pace to about 65 new cases a day.


INVESTIGATORS FIND NO WEAPONS IN CAR OF WOMAN KILLED BY DEPUTY IN SEDALIA


Authorities say investigators found no weapon in the car of a Missouri woman who was shot and killed by a sheriff's deputy.

Hannah Fizer died Saturday night after being shot by a Pettis County deputy following a traffic stop.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol initially said Fizer told the deputy she had a gun and threatened to shoot him.

Patrol spokesman Bill Lowe said Tuesday that investigators who searched the car did not find a weapon.

He says no new information is available to explain why the confrontation escalated into a shooting.

The deputy, whose name has not been released, is on paid administrative leave.


MISSOURI GOVERNOR ADDRESSES REOPENING THE STATE


The state of Missouri fully reopened on Tuesday.

While businesses are starting to get back to normal, some have questioned in addition to business openings, if long-term care centers have also reopened.

During a press briefing Tuesday, Missouri Governor Mike Parson said work is underway to reopen those facilities.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services says the health conditions of residents in long-term care centers make them more vulnerable to COVID-19.

Because of that, the approach to reopen each facility to the public will be based on several factors, including the prevalence of coronavirus in the community.

Governor Parson thanked the public for their patience and continued work to keep long-term care residents safe.

"I know this has been extremely hard on Missourians in facilities and their loved ones. We are committed to partnering with long-term care facilities and local health authorities to reopen safely. The Department of Health and Senior Services provided guidance yesterday [Monday] for facilities who are ready to allow outside and window visitations, assuming proper safety protocols are in place."

Parson said later this week, guidance on communal dining and group activities in long-term care facilities will be released.

At the same time, as the state continues to reopen, Parson said he's hopeful that the state's economy will re-bound.

He says the number of unemployment claims have decreased dramatically, when compared to the start of the pandemic.

"As businesses reopened across the state and more Missourians go back to work, we have seen unemployment claims drop significantly. Initial unemployment claims have dropped from over 100,000 in late March to just under 20,000 in the first week of June."

As Missouri reopens, unemployment requirements have returned.

Beginning the week of July 5, individuals wishing to continue receiving unemployment benefits - including the $600 federal supplement available through July 25, will be required to perform work search activities that had previously been lifted for those who had filed a coronavirus-related unemployment claim.

Qualified work search activities include filling out an application with an employer or attending a job fair.








 

 





June 16, 2020

 

AUXVASSE POLICE CHIEF ON LEAVE AFTER INFLAMMATORY FACEBOOK POSTS

 

A rural Missouri police chief has been placed on leave over inflammatory Facebook posts about protests over the death of George Floyd.

The Jefferson City News-Tribune reports that Auxvasse Mayor Tom Henage announced Friday that Police Chief Kevin Suedmeyer was on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.

Among the posts in question was one on May 31 in which Suedmeyer wrote that if someone stands in the street blocking traffic, that person deserves "to be run over. That will help cleanup the gene pool."

Calls to Suedmeyer's home phone rang unanswered Saturday.

Auxvasse is about 35 miles northeast of Jefferson City.

 

SEDALIA WOMAN SHOT AND KILLED BY PETTIS COUNTY DEPUTY DURING ALTERCATION

 

A Pettis County Deputy was involved in a fatal officer-involved shooting in Sedalia Saturday night.

According to a press release, Hannah Fizer, 25, of Sedalia, was stopped by the deputy near US 50 and Winchester Drive around 10 p.m.

Law enforcement officials said Fizer refused to identify herself stated she was armed and verbally threatened to shoot the deputy.

According to the release, the deputy fired his weapon, striking Fizer.

She was pronounced dead at the scene after officers rendered first aid.

The deputy was not injured.

The reason for the traffic stop has not been released, or whether Fizer was or was not armed.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol Division of Drug and Crime Control team will be asking for any cell phone video and surveillance footage from nearby businesses.

This is an ongoing investigation.

 

COLUMBIA POLICE ARREST SUSPECT IN MAY HOMICIDE INVESTIGATION


On June 12, Columbia police arrested Robert Junior Johnson, 49, Columbia for his role in the homicide that took place in the 2700 block of Quail Drive on May 25. He has been charged with first degree murder and unlawful use of a weapon.
During the investigation, officers learned that Johnson was an accomplice to the shooting. As a result of the incident, Rod Jamal Jones, 36, of Columbia, sustained life-threatening injuries and was taken off life support by a medical team on May 27.
Columbia police is asking for the public’s assistance in locating the primary shooter who has been identified as Bobby Dawson, 38, of Columbia. Dawson is a black male who is 6 foot 1 inches and weighs 180 pounds. He is wanted for first degree murder and armed criminal action.
If the suspect is seen, individuals should not approach him as he is known to be armed and dangerous. Please call 911.
This is an ongoing investigation. There are no further details to provide at this time.
If you know something, say something. Columbia Police are asking for your help. Anyone with information about this incident, please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 




June 12, 2020

 

COLUMBIA WOMAN INJURED IN THURSDAY AFTERNOON ACCIDENT

 

A Columbia woman is injured after an accident in Boone County Thursday afternoon.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a vehicle driven by 24 year old Alexandra Foster of Columbia was westbound on Missouri Highway 22 just east of Schunemeyer Road at around 12:40 Thursday afternoon.  The crash report states that at that point, Foster’s vehicle struck a deer in the roadway. Foster was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

COLUMBIA OFFICERS RESPOND TO SHOTS FIRED WEDNESDAY FIND ONE SUSPECT DEAD, ANOTHER INJURED

 

Columbia officers responded to a residence in the 6000 block of Bentpath Drive in reference to a report of a burglary in progress with shots fired at approximately 9 p.m. on June 10.

Upon arrival, officers found one suspect with a gunshot wound who was pronounced dead at the scene. The second suspect was located and transported by ambulance to a local hospital for a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. 

The suspect pronounced dead at the scene has been identified as Darion J. Logan, 27, of Columbia. Next of kin has been notified.

The second suspect transported by ambulance to a local hospital to treat a non-life-threatening gunshot wound has been medically released and was arrested and taken into custody for Murder 2nd Degree and Burglary 1st Degree. He is identified as Fabian D. Goldman, 28, of Columbia. He has been remanded in the custody of Boone County Jail.

As Goldman and Logan were in the commission of committing a felony and Logan was killed, Goldman has been charged with RSMo Statue 565.021 - Murder 2nd Degree. The law dictates that if a person causes the death of another person while committing or attempting to commit any felony, they can be charged. 

This is an ongoing investigation and there are no further details to provide at this time. 

If you see something, say something. Columbia Police are asking for your help. Anyone with information about this incident, please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI STUDENTS PETITION TO HAVE JEFFERSON STATUE REMOVED

 

Students from the University of Missouri who want a statue of Thomas Jefferson removed from the Columbia campus have met with campus leaders to discuss the issue.

University of Missouri System President Mun Choi met in private Thursday with the organizers of the petition.

University spokesman Christian Basi said the meeting was "very constructive" but said more details would be released later.

An online petition seeking the statue's removal garnered more than 3,250 signatures by Thursday afternoon.

One of the petition's organizer's, Roman Leaphart, said he objected to the statue because Jefferson owned slaves and fathered children with one of his slaves.

 




June 11, 2020

 

MISSOURI REPORTS ANOTHER TRIPLE DIGIT INCREASE IN COVID-19 CASES

 

State health officials say Missouri reported another triple-digit increase in confirmed coronavirus cases, with 179 new cases on Tuesday. The state currently has had 14,913 cases since the pandemic started. Deaths jumped to 840 Tuesday, an increase of 21 from Monday. That was the highest increase in deaths since May 30, when an increase of 33 deaths was reported. A nursing home near Liberty reported an outbreak of 53 cases Monday. The cases at the Pleasant Valley Manor Care Center include staff and patients and are the first outbreak at a long-term care facility in Clay County, which is north of Kansas City.

 

TOOLING TECH GROUP EXPANDS IN WASHINGTON MISSOURI

 

Tooling Tech Group (TTG), the second largest tooling provider in the United States, has announced an investment of $4.5 million to expand their Washington operations by 21,000 square ft. The business currently operates out of 114,000 sq. ft. at 2 locations, Town & Country Industrial Park and 431 W-W Industrial Park where the expansion is underway.

“This investment will provide much needed space for our growing business, while expanding our capabilities in tooling for high tonnage presses,” said Dave Graves, President. The added square footage will house bridge cranes with pony hoists and make room for a machining center with 70,000 lb capacity. “This expansion exemplifies our commitment to operational excellence and providing exceptional service to our current and future customers,” Graves added.

The Washington division specializes in engineer-to-order die cast tooling for the automotive and outdoor products industries, including extensive die repair and laser welding capability. Also known for their Aerospace tooling and precision machining performance, the company has been recognized by Boeing for supplier excellence in the Gold or Silver classification, 9 of the past 10 years. TTG Washington operates 7 days a week with day and night shifts Monday through Friday and a 3 day, 36 hour weekend schedule. They plan to increase their team by 25 people over the next 5 years, with engineers, CNC programmers, precision machinists, and die mechanics.

“Throughout these challenging times, Missouri has remained strong and resilient,” Governor Mike Parson said. “Seeing companies like Tooling Tech Group expand in our state gives us hope and confidence as we move forward on the path to economic recovery.”

The Washington facility has been open since 1983, and the company’s wealth of industry experience gives customers the opportunity to have all of their manufacturing needs met within one company, from design to final testing. The ability to conduct every step of the process allows TTG to maintain the highest quality products. By combining expertise, cutting-edge technology and techniques, TTG is able to provide streamlined service to their customers.




June 10, 2020

 

FORMER COLUMBIA SUBSTITUTE TEACHER SENTENCED TO FIVE YEARS IN PRISON ON CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGES

 

A judge sentenced a Missouri substitute teacher to five years in prison Friday.  According to KHQA, Ty Gramley, of Columbia, must also surrender his substitute teaching certificate.  Gramley pleaded guilty to child pornography possession and distribution of pornographic materials to a minor last February.  Those charges arose during his time as a substitute teacher at Madison C-3 School District.  Gramley was charged following his arrest on May 9, 2019.  Following his incarceration, he will be required to register as a sex offender as a result of this plea.

 

WOMAN INJURED IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A woman was injured in an accident that occurred at around 11:30pm Tuesday in Montgomery County.  27 year old Akeria Barber of Riverdale, GA was a passenger in a car driven by 28 year old Royjeri McClendon of Savannah, GA.  They were westbound on I-70 and being pursued by the Foristell Police Department when they exited the interstate at the High Hill exit at a high rate of speed and lost control on the ramp, causing it to travel off the right side of the roadway, vaulted off the ramp, went down a steep grade and struck an embankment.  She was transported by ambulance to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment of minor injuries.

 

MAN KILLED IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH

 

A New Haven man was killed in a motorcycle crash Tuesday afternoon in Franklin County.  58 year old Lynn Voss was riding his motorcycle on Highway 185 and traveling too fast for conditions when his motorcycle ran off the road before striking a post and ejecting him.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.




June 9, 2020

 

AMEREN MISSOURI ANNOUNCES NEW ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

 

Last week, Ameren Missouri announced its new program called the COVID-19 Clean Slate program.  Through this program Ameren Missouri will provide $3.5 million in additional energy assistance to its customers.  $3 million will go towards helping Ameren’s most vulnerable customers pay off their utility bills.  Funding through the Clean Slate program is expected to benefit approximately 9,000 households.  More information about Ameren Missouri’s COVID-19 Clean Slate program can be found on its website or by calling 800-552-7583.

 

MARCELINE MAN DROWNS IN RURAL POND

 

A Marceline man is dead after drowning in a rural pond Sunday

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 26 year old Jacob Sprague was found lying face down in a pond just northeast of Laclede Sunday afternoon. After investigation, Troopers stated it appeared that Sprague was suffering from heat exhaustion and entered the private pond in an attempt to cool off. Sprague’s body was taken to Delaney Funeral Home in Marceline.

 

NAMES RELEASED IN KIRKSVILLE APARTMENT SHOOTING

 

The names of those associated with a shooting in Kirksville on Friday afternoon have now been released

According to court documents, police were called to an apartment at the Kirksville Gardens Apartments on South Jamison Street for a report of a home invasion burglary.

Investigators report the man who was shot, Isaiah Hernandez-Rector of Macon, was one of the intruders.

Court documents state Hernandez-Rector told officers on the scene, "I'm so stupid for listening. We tried to rob them."

He was shot in the back and flown to a Columbia hospital for treatment. According to online court records he has not been charged at this time.

Hernandez-Rector's two alleged accomplices have been charged with one count of first-degree burglary.

They are Trevor Benda of Kirksville and Pierce Zamora of Macon, both 17 years old.

The woman who lives in the apartment told police the three men forced their way in and pushed her into a kitchen cabinet.

The victim said she fired her gun one time. Everyone then left the apartment except for Hernandez-Rector. The woman told officers he has been struck by the bullet and fell to the floor.

Benda and Zamora left the scene on foot. They were later found and arrested.

Court documents state that the two suspects claim that they had gone to the apartment to buy marijuana.

Benda and Zamora are being held without bond in the Adair County Law Enforcement Center.

 




June 8, 2020

 

PATCHING OPERATIONS PLANNED FOR ROUTES IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

 

Weather permitting, MoDOT crews will be doing the following patching work in Montgomery County.  All work will be completed between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

 

Missouri Route 161 - June 8-9, road will be down to one lane traffic between Montgomery County Route CC and Montgomery County Route V for patching operations.

 

Interstate 70 North Outer Road - June 10-11, road will be down to one lane traffic from Missouri Route 19 to the city limits of High Hill for patching operations.

 

Missouri Route 19 - June 15-16, road will be down to one lane traffic from Booneslick Road (North Outer Road) to Missouri Route 94 for patching operations.

 

Montgomery County Route N - June 18, road will be down to one lane traffic from I-70 to where maintenance ends on gravel for patching operations.

 

Motorists need to use caution if they will be traveling in these areas. 

 

This work is weather dependent and could be rescheduled or delayed.

 

NECAC SEEKS BOARD NOMINATIONS

 

NECAC is seeking nominations for a civic interest representative from Montgomery County on its board of directors.  Applications will be taken from June 17th to July 17th, with the three-year term of service starting in September.  The person chosen will join two other Montgomery County residents on the 36-member board.  The agency has an annual budget of more than 28 million dollars, and provides more than 60 social service, community health and public housing programs to the disadvantaged in 12 Missouri counties.  Board members are not paid, but do receive meals before each meeting and a mileage reimbursement.  To find out more about applying, call the NECAC Montgomery County Service Center at 573-564-3606.

 




Weekend Report- June 6-7, 2020

 

INTERSTATE 70 LOUTRE RIVER BRIDGE PROJECT ENTERING FINAL PHASE

 

The replacement of the westbound bridge over the Loutre River on Interstate 70 is entering its final phase after beginning the project in the summer of 2019.  Sunday overnight a major concrete deck pour will occur.  “The pour will take place beginning around midnight Sunday and the bridge will be one lane until early Monday morning with a width restriction of 12 feet,” explained Missouri Department of Transportation Area Engineer Erik Maninga.  He added that the truck parking facility will be closed during this time.  All work is weather permitting and could be rescheduled.  There is still a small “closure pour” that will be done after this to complete the bridge deck.

“This has been a major work zone for over a year now, and we utilize message boards, our online traveler map and work zone control items, along with media, to keep motorists informed,” Maninga said.

The project was awarded by the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission to Phillips Hardy for $5.4 million and includes replacement of the westbound bridge. 

 

MAN KILLED, ANOTHER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN GASCONADE COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A man was killed and another man was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at 6:35am Thursday in Gasconade County.  The patrol says that 29 year old Danton Clark of Rosebud was on US 50 when his Jeep crossed the center line and struck a truck driven by 59 year old Dale Kurrelmeyer of Rosebud head-on.  Clark was pronounced dead at the scene while Kurrelmeyer was flown by Arch Ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Creve Coeur with serious injuries.

 

DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN EARLY SATURDAY MORNING CRASH

 

A Fayette driver was seriously injured in an early Saturday morning crash in Boone County.  37 year old Steven Ross was westbound on I-70 when he drove his car off the road and struck an unoccupied parked semi trailer.  Ross was taken to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.

 

 




June 5, 2020

 

MISSOURI HEALTH OFFICIAL SAYS NO COVID-19 CASES REPORTED FROM LAKE OF THE OZARKS PARTIES

 

Missouri's top health official says no additional cases of the new coronavirus have been reported stemming from the crowded pool parties at Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks over the Memorial Day weekend. Camden County Health Department reported last week that a Boone County resident who had attended the parties tested positive for the virus.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Dr. Randall Williams, the director of the Department of Health and Senior Services, said Wednesday that no more cases have been uncovered since. Social media posts showed crowds of mostly young people without masks and not adhering to social distancing guidelines at pools along the central Missouri lake.

 

EASTBOUND I-70 REDUCED TO ONE LANE THROUGH TUESDAY DUE TO RAINWATER

 

Eastbound I-70 will be down to one lane Monday and Tuesday near Rocheport at the Missouri River bridge.  According to the Missouri Department of Transportation, repairs are needed to the driving surface after water gathered under the pavement, causing the base layers to weaken and the roadway to settle.  These repairs will take place from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. both Monday night into Tuesday and Tuesday night into Wednesday.  Traffic will be reduced to one lane west of the bridge and the speed limit will be reduced to 60 miles per hour.  Westbound lanes will remain open and traffic is expected to flow normally.  For more information on this and other MoDOT projects call 1-888-ASK MoDOT or visit modot.org.

 

DEKALB COUNTY SHERIFF DIES IN VEHICLE CRASH

 

The sheriff of a northwestern Missouri county has died after his police vehicle crashed as he was responding to help one of his deputies. The accident happened around 11:20 a.m. Wednesday, killing DeKalb County Sheriff Andy Clark. He was 43. The Missouri State Highway Patrol's crash report says Clark was driving a pickup truck on Missouri Route 33 near the town of Osborn.

At the intersection with U.S. 36, an SUV driven by 71-year-old Robert Carpenter of Diller, Nebraska, struck the side of Clark's pickup. Carpenter suffered moderate injuries and three others in the SUV suffered minor injuries.

 




June 4, 2020

 

U.S. ROUTE 61 NORTHBOUND WILL TEMPORARILY CLOSE ONE LANE NEAR MOSCOW MILLS

 

Weather permitting, June 8-10, U.S. Route 61 northbound near Moscow Mills in Lincoln County will be down to one lane traffic south of Route U for roadside permit work. The work will be completed between 4:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. each day.

Motorists need to use caution if they will be traveling in these areas. 

This work is weather dependent and could be rescheduled or delayed.

 

MAN INJURED IN FRANKLIN COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A man was injured in an accident that occurred just after 9:30pm Wednesday in Franklin County.  44 year old Jose Oliva of University Place, Washington was eastbound on I-44 when he swerved to avoid slowed traffic, causing his vehicle to travel off the left side of the roadway and overturn.  He was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

DRIVER HURT IN WEDNESDAY NIGHT WRECK

 

A driver was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Wednesday night in Franklin County.  58 year old Thomas Noonan of Washington, MO was on Missouri 100 when he became distracted and his car ran off the left side of the road, struck a guardrail end, became airborne and landed in the median.  He sustained moderate injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment.

 

 




June 3, 2020

 

MISSOURI MEDICAID EXPANSION SURVIVES LAWSUITS

 

A Missouri judge has dismissed two lawsuits against a ballot proposal to expand Medicaid health care eligibility to thousands more low-income adults. The lawsuits by conservative advocacy group United for Missouri and Americans for Prosperity-Missouri sought to knock the proposal off the Aug. 4 ballot. Both groups claimed the proposal would expand the government health insurance program without coming up with a funding source to pay for that. But Cole County Circuit Judge Daniel Green disagreed. His Tuesday ruling means the measure will stay on the ballot. Both critics of the proposal say they will appeal.

 

WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN FRANKLIN COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A woman was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at around 5:25pm Tuesday in Franklin County.  The patrol says that 47 year old Jennifer Moody of Union, MO was on Highway 100 when she fell asleep at the wheel, causing her car to travel off the right side of the roadway and strike a tree.  She was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis with serious injuries.

 

DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN TUESDAY MORNING CRASH

 

A Warrenton driver was seriously injured in a Tuesday morning crash in Warren County. 53 year old Jeanne Stock was eastbound on I-70 in the left lane when she got cut-off by a vehicle in the right lane and her car ran off the left side of the road into the median before striking the cable barrier.  She was taken to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis with serious injuries.

 




June 2, 2020

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

On Friday, May 29 at approximately 11:16PM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 400 block of W Love in reference to a crash.  Responding personnel found that Cassandra B Gilbertson, age 19, of Illinois, was driving a 2006 Jeep eastbound in that block.  Gilbertson drove her vehicle off the roadway striking two parked vehicles and a building before stopping.  Gilbertson was arrested and processed at MPSD and taken to the Audrain County Jail for DWI-Drugs and Possession of Marijuana.  There were no injuries from the incident.

 

SHOTS FIRED, STRUCTURE FIRE UNDER INVESTIGATION IN COLUMBIA

 

Columbia emergency services responded to two major calls Monday.

Columbia Police responded to a report of shots fired Sunday, May 31, at approximately 1:50 a.m. in the area of the 400 block of Circus Avenue

Officers arrived and immediately began canvassing the area and located several shell casings indicating shots had been fired. During the investigation, officers located damage to a vehicle however, no injuries were reported. 

This is an ongoing investigation. There are no further details to provide at this time.

 

The Columbia Fire Department was dispatched to a commercial structure fire at 3700 Flanders Court, Dollar General, at 12:11 am on Monday, June 1.

The first unit arrived less than four minutes later and observed heavy smoke from a single story, commercial structure.  Fire crews established a water supply from a fire hydrant and began an aggressive interior fire attack and search of the building.  They encountered heavy smoke and extreme heat upon entering.  Additional pre-connected hose lines were advanced to the building and aerial devices equipped with water nozzles were extended as additional fire companies arrived on the scene.   Heavy fire was also reported in the attic space.

The incident commander struck a second alarm at approximately 12:35 am, requesting additional personnel and apparatus. 

The incident was brought under control in approximately one hour.  The Fire Marshal was dispatched to perform a fire origin and cause investigation.  

This fire is suspicious in nature.  Columbia Fire Department investigators are working with Columbia Police Department detectives on the cause of the fire.  There is no additional information at this time, from either department.  Additional information will be released when it becomes available.
This is the second fire at this address in the past three weeks.  A previous fire occurred on May 11.  

Eleven units from the Columbia Fire Department responded to this call. One firefighter was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. 

If you know something, say something. Columbia Police are asking for your help. Anyone with information about this incident, please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 




June 1, 2020

 

PATCHING CONTINUES FOR ROUTES IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

 

Weather permitting, MoDOT crews will be doing the following patching work in Montgomery County.  

 

Missouri Route 161 - June 1-4, road will be down to one lane traffic at various locations between Missouri Route 19 and Montgomery County Route T for patching operations. Work will be completed between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. each day.

 

Missouri Route 19 - June 8-10, road will be down to one lane traffic at various locations between Interstate 70 and Missouri Route 94 for patching operations. Work will be completed between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. each day.

 

Motorists need to use caution if they will be traveling in these areas. 

 

This work is weather dependent and could be rescheduled or delayed.

 

PERSON WHO ATTENDED LAKE OF THE OZARKS BARS TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19

 

Health officials say they're seeking to "inform mass numbers of unknown people" after a person who attended crowded pool parties over Memorial Day weekend at Missouri's Lake of the Ozarks tested positive for COVID-19. Camden County Health Department said in a release that the resident of Boone County in mid-Missouri tested positive on Sunday after arriving at the lake area a day earlier. Officials said there have been no reported cases of the virus linked to coronavirus in residents of Camden County, where the parties seen in videos and photos posted on social media took place.

 

NEMO MAN MISSING FOR TWO WEEKS FOUND DEAD

 

A northeast Missouri man missing for two weeks has been found dead.

On May 15, 2020, Matthew Allen Shaw, 36, of Bethel, Missouri, wandered off into the woods after he was involved in a motor vehicle crash on Highway 168 east of Shelbyville, Missouri.

Numerous searches had turned up nothing until Friday.

Sergeant Eric Brown with the Missouri State Highway Patrol told KTVO that right before 10 a.m. Friday, searchers found Shaw's body in tall grass about one-fourth of a mile east of the crash site. It was about 50 feet north of Highway 168.

Brown said, at this time, the death is not considered suspicious, but an autopsy is planned for next week.

Searchers on Friday included state troopers, the Shelby County Sheriff's Office and a team from Christian Aid Ministries from Ohio.

 

 




Weekend Report- May 30-31, 2020

 

MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN CALLAWAY COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A Jefferson City man was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at 7:30pm Saturday in Callaway County.  The patrol says that a car driven by 31 year old Dustin Clements was being pursued by Holts Summit Police Department on County Road 391 when he came upon a “T” Intersection at a high rate of speed, causing his car to travel off the right side of the roadway, went through a yard, struck a concrete retaining wall and a concrete basement wall before coming to rest.  He was transported by ambulance to Capital Region Hospital in Jefferson City with serious injuries.

 

TEEN HURT IN SUNDAY MORNING WRECK

 

A teen was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Sunday morning in Gasconade County.  17 year old Rian Dare of House Springs was on MO 19 when he swerved to miss a deer, ran off the right side of the road, struck a driveway and then a tree.  He suffered minor injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment.

 

DRIVER INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH

 

A motorcyclist was injured in a Saturday morning crash in Jefferson County.  76 year old Martin Schlereth of Festus was riding his motorcycle on Route T when it traveled off the right side of the roadway and overturned onto its left side, ejected him before impacting a drain culvert.  He was taken to Mercy Hospital South for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

 




May 29, 2020

 

THREE COLUMBIA RESIDENTS INJURED IN WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON ACCIDENT

 

Three Columbia residents were injured, two seriously, after an accident on Stadium Boulevard Wednesday afternoon.  According to the Columbia Police Department, a vehicle driven by 22 year old Reid Browning of Columbia was westbound on Stadium Boulevard at the intersection of College Park Drive at around 4:17 p.m. Wednesday.  At that time, a vehicle driven by 89 year old Billy Smith of Columbia was traveling south on College Park Drive approaching the intersection with Stadium Boulevard. As Smith’s vehicle was crossing the Stadium Boulevard intersection, Browning’s vehicle failed to stop at a red light and collided with the driver’s side of Smith’s vehicle.  The collision caused Smith’s vehicle to roll onto its passenger side. Both Smith and his passenger, 87 year old Ellen Smith of Columbia; who was partially ejected from the vehicle, were transported to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of serious injuries. Browning suffered minor injuries.

 

PALMYRA MAN INJURED IN WEDNESDAY NIGHT ACCIDENT

A northeast Missouri man was injured after striking a tree and ditch following a single-vehicle accident. That accident happened around 6:20 p.m. Wednesday night in Marion County. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Matthew Cashman, 29, of Palmyra, was on County Road 422 when he traveled off the right side of the road. That's when he struck a tree and ditch. Cashman suffered moderate injuries in the crash and was transported to the hospital for treatment. According to the online crash report, he was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

 

SUMNER TEEN DROWNS IN PRIVATE POND IN MARION COUNTY

 

A 19-year-old Missouri teen fell off his kayak and drowned Tuesday afternoon at a private pond in Marion County. According to KHQA, Jayden Richardson, of Sumner, was kayaking on a private pond located 2.5 miles west of Philadelphia on County Road 144 at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Richardson died Tuesday after he fell out of his kayak and did not resurface. He was pronounced deceased by the Marion County Coroner on the scene at 1:45 p.m.

 




May 28, 2020

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR PUSHES FORWARD MEDICAID VOTE

 

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson is moving up the date that voters will decide whether to expand Medicaid health care coverage in the state. 
Parson on Tuesday said he's putting the ballot initiative on the Aug. 4 primary ballot instead of the Nov. 3 general election ballot. 

Missouri's Medicaid program currently doesn't cover most adults without children and has one of the nation's lowest income eligibility thresholds for parents. 

The ballot proposal would expand coverage to adults earning up to 138% of the federal poverty level, which is about $17,600 annually for an individual or $30,000 for a family of three.

 

MISSOURI HEALTH DIRECTOR VOWS NOT TO COMBINE COVID-19 TEST RESULTS

 

Missouri's health director says the state has been lumping together different coronavirus test results in a way that can be misleading.

Health department Director Randall Williams on Tuesday said the state no longer will combine virus tests and antibody tests.

Public health experts and Williams himself have said those tests should be separated.

That's because mixing them makes it difficult to understand how the virus is spreading and can give the false impression that the rate of positive test results is declining.

Williams had said the state wasn't combining the data.

He now says he wasn't aware that was happening.

 

COLUMBIA POLICE DETAIN TWO JUVENILES IN CONNECTION TO FIRE AT DOLLAR GENERAL

 

Columbia Police detained two juvenile suspects, both 16 years old, who are being held on the charge of Arson in the 1st Degree in connection to the May 11 structure fire at Dollar General, 3700 Flanders Court, at approximately 11:30 a.m. 

The business was open and occupied at the time of the fire however, no injuries were reported. 

The Columbia fire department fire marshal partnered with CPD detectives during the investigation. Fire investigators estimated the loss for the fire at approximately $350,000 in contents and approximately $250,000 for the structure. 

The two suspects were released to the juvenile authorities. 

This is an ongoing investigation. There are no further details to provide at this time.

If you saw something or know something, say something. Anyone with information about this incident is urged to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous. 

 




May 27, 2020

 

MISSOURI HIGHWAY PATROL RELEASES MEMORIAL DAY CRASH INFORMATION

 

Six people died in traffic crashes over the 2020 Memorial Day weekend counting period of 6 p.m., Friday, May 22, through 11:59 p.m., Monday, May 25, 2020.

Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers investigated the following over the 2020 Memorial Day holiday weekend:

Traffic Statistics

Crashes -- 341

Injuries -- 112

Fatalities -- 5

DWI -- 111

Drug Arrests -- 112

Boating Statistics

Crashes -- 10

Injuries -- 7

Fatalities -- 0

Drownings -- 2

BWI -- 11

Drug Arrests -- 3

 

During the 2019 counting period, the Patrol investigated 296 traffic crashes, which included 127 injuries and seven of the eight fatalities. Troopers made 96 arrests for driving while intoxicated last year. Also, over the 2019 Memorial Day holiday: Marine operations troopers investigated seven boating crashes involving three injuries and two fatalities; and arrested 10 people for boating while intoxicated on the state’s rivers and lakes. No one drowned over the 2019 Memorial Day holiday.

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE STABBING

 

Columbia Police responded to a report of a person that was stabbed at approximately 8:45 a.m. on May 25 near Highway 63 and Clark Lane.

Officers arrived and immediately located one male victim, 42, with a life-threatening injury. The victim was immediately transported to a local emergency room for advanced medical care. 

During the investigation, it was learned that the victim was experiencing homelessness and was attacked while in a wooded area near the bridge of Highway 63 and Clark Lane. Officers canvassed the area searching for other victims as well as evidence. No further injuries were reported. 

This is an ongoing investigation. There are no further details to provide at this time.

If you know something, say something. Columbia Police are asking for your help. Anyone with information about this incident, please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

KANSAS CITY AND ST. LOUIS LEADERS URGE PARTYGOERS AT LAKE TO QUARANTINE

 

Leaders in Kansas City and St. Louis are urging people who partied close together at Lake of the Ozarks over the Memorial Day weekend to self-quarantine for two weeks, amid fears that the gatherings documented in social media postings will lead to a resurgence of the coronavirus. 
Big crowds were reported at swimming pools, bars and restaurants at the popular central Missouri lake that draws hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. 
Postings showed people without masks partying and swimming together in close proximity. 
St. Louis County Executive Sam Page asked the county's health department to issue a travel advisory.

 




May 26, 2020

 

PATCHING CONTINUES FOR ROUTE CC AND MISSOURI ROUTE 161 IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

 

Weather permitting, MoDOT crews will be doing the following patching work in Montgomery County.

  

Montgomery County Route CC- May 26, road will be down to one lane traffic at various locations between Trinity Church Road and Missouri Route 161 for patching operations. Work will be completed between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. that day.

 

Missouri Route 161 - May 26-28 and June 1-2, road will be down to one lane traffic at various locations between Missouri Route 19 and Montgomery County Route T for patching operations. Work will be completed between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. each day.

 

Motorists need to use caution if they will be traveling in these areas.

 

This work is weather dependent and could be rescheduled or delayed.

 

COLUMBIA POLICE RESPOND TO SHOTS FIRED AND GUNSHOT WOUND MONDAY MORNING

 

Columbia Police responded to a report of a person with a gunshot wound on Monday at approximately 2:10 a.m., in the 2700 block of Quail Drive. Officers arrived and immediately located one victim with a life-threatening gunshot wound. The victim was immediately transported to a local emergency room for advanced medical care. No further injuries were reported. This is an ongoing investigation. There are no further details to provide at this time. If you know something, say something. Columbia Police are asking for your help. Anyone with information about this incident, please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

MISSOURI HEALTH DIRECTOR WARNS RESIDENTS AFTER VIRAL VIDEO SURFACES

 

Missouri's health director has issued a dire warning after photos and video showed Memorial Day weekend revelers partying close together: The coronavirus is still here, and the spreading of illnesses could have "long-lasting and tragic" results.

One video on social media shows a crammed pool at Lake of the Ozarks, with people lounging and playing close together, without masks.

The lake draws people from as far away as Arkansas and Iowa.

It's especially popular with travelers from St. Louis city and county, which combined account for more than half of Missouri's confirmed cases and more than two-thirds of the 681 deaths.

 

FOUR MISSOURI TEENS INJURED IN SUNDAY NIGHT ACCIDENT IN MONROE COUNTY

 

Four Missouri teens were injured following a single-vehicle crash Sunday night.

The crash happened just after 7 p.m. in Monroe County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a vehicle driven by Chase Grimes, 18, of Fulton, was on Business 154, just east of US 24 in Paris, Missouri, when he traveled off the side of the road and overcorrected. That caused him to travel off the other side of the road where he hit a culvert. Grimes suffered minor injuries, while three other passengers inside the vehicle Eston Drews, 17, of Fulton, and Bryanna Conboy, 17, of Paris, Missouri, along with a 14-year-old boy all suffered minor injuries. All four were taken to the hospital for treatment. According to the online crash report, all four were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.

 




Weekend Report- May 23-24, 2020

 

DRIVER HURT IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A driver was hurt in an accident that occurred at 4:25pm Saturday in Montgomery County.  28 year old Cody Pardue of Bessemer, AL was eastbound on I-70 when his freightliner traveled off the right side of the roadway and down an embankment.  He was transported by ambulance to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment of minor injuries.

 

MAN INJURED IN SATURDAY NIGHT WRECK

 

A man was injured in a one-vehicle wreck Saturday night in Cole County.  67 year old Michael Hood of Dixon, MO was on US 54 when his van ran off the right side of the road and struck several trees.  He sustained moderate injuries and was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

 

MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN FRIDAY MORNING CRASH

 

A man was seriously injured in a Friday morning crash in Franklin County.  The patrol says that 56 year old Michael Shannon of Pocohontas, AR was on Missouri 185 when he steered to the right to avoid a collision with an oncoming vehicle, causing his dump truck to travel off the right side of the roadway, returned to the road, overcorrected to the left, crossed the center line, ran off the left side of the roadway and overturned.  He was taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington with serious injuries.

 




May 22, 2020

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE REPORT OF SHOTS FIRED

 

Columbia Police responded to a report of shots fired Thursday, May 21, at approximately 6:50 a.m. in the 3500 block of Zinnia Drive.

Officers arrived and immediately began canvassing the area and located several shell casings indicating shots had been fired. During the investigation, officers did locate damage to a residence however, no injuries were reported. 

This is an ongoing investigation. There are no further details to provide at this time.

Columbia Police are asking for your help. Anyone with information about this incident, please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

MISSOURI CHAMBER PUSHES FOR BUSINESSES PROTECTION FROM COVID-19 LAWSUITS

 

The Missouri Chamber of Commerce is urging Mike Parson to call a special session so lawmakers can take action to protect businesses from coronavirus-related lawsuits. In a letter to the Republican governor on Wednesday, the chamber called coronavirus liability an "emerging problem in Missouri."

The organization cites lawsuits involving those who believe they contracted the virus at a business.

The chamber says that under current state law, the lawsuits can move forward regardless of whether businesses were taking precautions aimed at limiting the spread of the coronavirus. 

 

PALMYRA WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON ACCIDENT

 

A northeast Missouri woman was flown to the hospital with serious injuries following a two-vehicle crash.

The accident happened around 1:20 p.m. Wednesday in Marion County.

According to the patrol a grain truck driven by Joseph Swisher, 71, of Philadelphia, Missouri was on Route M when he ran off the left side of the road.

A vehicle driven by Destiny Bevans, 33, of Palmyra, crested the hill and tried to avoid Swisher's vehicle, but that's when the two collided in the middle of the road.

Bevans was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, and suffered serious injuries.

She was taken by Air Evac to University Hospital in Columbia.

Swisher was not injured in the crash.

 

 

 

 




May 21, 2020

 

COLUMBIA POLICE ARREST SUSPECT IN STABBING AT LOWES

 

At approximately 2:53 p.m. on May 19, Columbia police responded to a report of a stabbing in front of Lowe’s, located at 201-A Conley Road

Upon arrival, officers made contact with a female victim, 43, who was transported to a local hospital by emergency medical services to treat non-life threatening injuries. 

The suspect was identified as Gentara Bennett, 19, of Columbia. Officers located Bennett inside Sam’s Club, located at 101 Conley Road. At this time, the weapon used is unknown. Bennett was arrested for assault in the first degree, armed criminal action and resisting arrest. There is no known connection between the victim and the suspect.  

This case is an ongoing investigation and is being handled by detectives in the Criminal Investigation Division. Anyone with information about this incident is urged to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous. 

 

MINOR FLOODING REPORTED IN EASTERN MISSOURI

 

Persistent wet weather has caused rivers to rise in eastern Missouri, resulting in minor flooding along parts of the Mississippi and other rivers. 
Much of the eastern part of the state has received 3 inches of rain or more over the past week. 

The Mississippi River is at flood stage in the northeast Missouri towns of Louisiana and Clarksville, leaving farm fields wet and closing a few roads. 

In southeast Missouri, the Mississippi River was nearly 2 feet above technical flood stage on Wednesday at Cape Girardeau, where much of the town is protected by a flood wall. 

The Meramec River was flooding at Arnold.

 

PATROL: MAKE SAFETY A TOP PRIORITY THIS MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND!

 

Colonel Eric T. Olson, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, recognizes Memorial Day weekend is highly anticipated, especially after these last few months. A safe, fun weekend starts with planning and good decisions. Please remember to observe social distancing and other CDC guidelines, and stay home if you are ill. If your plans include driving or boating, choose to be courteous and obey all Missouri laws. Use a seat belt when you drive and wear a life jacket when you're on or near the water. Always pay attention, whether you're operating a vehicle or a vessel, and choose to be a sober driver on land and on the water.
The Patrol will be participating in Operation C.A.R.E. (Crash Awareness Reduction Effort) during the long holiday weekend. This means every available trooper will be on the road enforcing traffic laws and assisting motorists.
Motorists or boaters in need of assistance or who want to report a crime should use the Highway Patrol's Emergency Assistance number 1-800-525-5555 or *55 on a cellular phone. For road condition reports, travelers can visit the Patrol's website at www.mshp.dps.mo.gov. Click on the Road Condition icon to view road construction areas as well as road conditions throughout the state or call 1-888-275-6636.
Over the 2019 Memorial Day holiday weekend, eight people died and 433 were injured in 1,009 traffic crashes. Last year, troopers made 96 DWI arrests. This year's counting period for the holiday weekend begins at 6 p.m., Friday, May 22, and ends at 11:59 p.m., Monday, May 25, 2020. Troopers will focus their attention on seat belt use, use of child safety seats, impaired drivers, hazardous moving violations, and speed violations. 

The Memorial Day weekend is also an unofficial start to the boating season. During the 2019 Memorial Day weekend, there were seven boating crashes which included two fatalities and three injuries. No one drowned over last year’s holiday weekend. Troopers arrested 10 people for boating while intoxicated over the 2019 Memorial Day weekend. 
Missouri provides a variety of opportunities for boating. Please be courteous to others on the water, wear a life jacket, and obey the law regarding safe operation of a vessel and no wake zones. Causing harm to another person or their property with an excessive boat wake may subject you to enforcement action or civil liability. Always treat other boaters and property owners as you want to be treated. Never operate a boat while you are impaired; never ride with an impaired operator.

 




May 20, 2020

 

WOMAN INJURED IN ST. CHARLES COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A Moscow Mills woman was injured in an accident that occurred at 3:50pm Tuesday in St. Charles County.  42 year old Heather Greenway was on Highway Y when she lost control of her Chevy Suburban, traveled off the right side of the roadway, she overcorrected, causing it to travel off the left side of the road and overturned.  She was transported by ambulance to St. Joseph East Hospital in St. Charles for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

WOMAN KILLED, MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN TUESDAY NIGHT WRECK

 

A woman was killed and a man was seriously injured in a two-vehicle wreck Tuesday night in St. Louis County.  The patrol says that 55 year old Terri Jackson of St. Louis was turning left onto Missouri 367 when her car was struck by a car driven by 25 year old Randon Ewing of St. Louis.  Terri Jackson was pronounced dead at the scene while Ewing was taken to Barnes Jewish Hospital with serious injuries.

 




May 19, 2020

 

WOMAN HURT IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY WRECK

 

An O’Fallon woman was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Sunday afternoon in Montgomery County.  64 year old Mary Egmee was eastbound on I-70 and pulling a trailer behind her truck when the trailer skidded down the roadway, struck the median wall and jack-knifed before overturning.  She was transported by ambulance to Progress West Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

 

TEEN INJURED IN MONDAY AFTERNOON ACCIDENT

 

A Martinsburg teen was injured in an accident that occurred at 12:35pm Monday in Audrain County.  The patrol says that 19 year old Austin Stuart was on Route N when he failed to negotiate a right curve, causing his motorcycle to cross the center line, run off the left side of the road, began to slide, struck a ditch and ejected him.  He sustained moderate injuries and was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

 

DRIVER HURT IN UNUSUAL INCIDENT

 

A Fulton driver was hurt in an unusual incident Monday night in Cole County.  47 year old Stephanie Easley was on Highway 50 when her vehicle was struck by a turkey.  She was taken to Capitol Region Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

 

APPLICATION DEADLINE SET FOR FOOD, SHELTER AID FUNDING

 

A May 28th deadline has been set for distribution of federal emergency food and shelter program money in 10 Missouri counties.  The funding comes from the Department of Homeland Security through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  It covers Lewis, Lincoln, Macon, Marion, Monroe, Montgomery, Pike, Ralls, Shelby and Warren counties.  A board will determine how funding will be distributed among emergency food and shelter programs run by local agencies, which must meet eligibility guidelines.  Agencies that wish to apply should call Diana Hendrix at 573-735-2131.

 




May 18, 2020

 

PATCHING OPERATIONS PLANNED FOR ROUTES IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

 

Weather permitting, MoDOT crews will be doing the following work in Montgomery County.

 

Montgomery County Route CC- May 19-21, road will be down to one lane traffic at various locations between Missouri Route 161 and Montgomery County Route A for patching operations. Work will be completed between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. each day.

 

Missouri Route 161 - May 26-28, road will be down to one lane traffic at various locations between Missouri Route 19 and Montgomery County Route TT for patching operations. Work will be completed between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. each day.

 

Motorists need to use caution if they will be traveling in these areas.

 

This work is weather dependent and could be rescheduled or delayed.

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE SHOTS FIRED IN NORTH COLUMBIA

 

In the early hours of Saturday, May 16, Columbia police responded to two incidents of shots fired in a residential neighborhood in North Columbia.

The first incident occurred at approximately 3:50 a.m. in the 1400 block of Bodie Drive. Upon arrival, officers located a residence with several bullet holes. One intact bullet was recovered from the door. There were no reported injuries. Surveillance video from a neighbor showed shots being fired from a white or silver SUV which fled the scene in an unknown direction of travel. 

While officers were investigating the call on Bodie Drive, they heard approximately 13 shots being fired in the south, near the area of Derby Ridge Drive and Smiley Lane. When officers arrived there were several damaged vehicles and houses located in the 4400 block of Derby Ridge Drive. Bullets were recovered from a car and the siding of a residence. 

There were no reported injuries. No shell casings were located at or near either scene.

These are active and ongoing investigations and there are no further details to provide. 

If anyone has any additional information, they are encouraged to contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or call CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS to remain anonymous.

 

KIRKSVILLE WOMAN ARRESTED FOR MURDER AFTER NEWBORN DROWNS AT SMITHFIELD PLANT

 

Late Friday afternoon, the Missouri State HIghway Patrol, Kirksville Police Department and the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office arrested a northeast Missouri woman for murder.

Makuya Stephanie Kambamba, 28, of Kirksville, is charged with first-degree murder and second-degree murder in the May 6, 2020, death of her newborn baby boy.

According to court documents filed by the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crime happened in a restroom at the Smithfield Foods plant in Milan, Missouri, where she works.

Investigators said Kambamba knowingly allowed her boy to drown in a toilet where she had given birth.

Court papers state the suspect told officers that after birthing the child, she saw the baby moving as he was face down in the toilet water.

Kambamba said she then sat back down on the toilet due to having more labor contractions and never again checked on the boy until approximately 30 minutes later when a Smithfield nurse entered the restroom.

An autopsy on the newborn revealed evidence consistent with a drowning victim.

Kambamba also faces charges of first-degree involuntary manslaughter, second-degree involuntary manslaughter and abuse or neglect of a child resulting in death.

She was processed Friday evening at the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office in Milan before being transported to the Daviess/DeKalb Regional Jail in Pattonsburg, Missouri.

Kambamba is being held without bond.

 

 




Weekend Report- May 16-17, 2020

 

MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN EARLY SUNDAY MORNING ACCIDENT

 

A Jefferson City man was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at 2am Sunday morning in Cole County.  The patrol says that 20 year old Rylan Sapp was on US 50 when he reportedly swerved to avoid a deer in the roadway, causing his truck to travel off the right side of the road, down an embankment and impacted a drainage ditch.  He was transported by ambulance to SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Jefferson City with serious injuries.

 

COLUMBIA DRIVER INJURED IN AUDRAIN COUNTY WRECK

 

A Columbia driver was injured in a one-vehicle wreck Saturday night in Audrain County.  49 year old Richard Bradley was on MO 22 when his car ran off the right side of the roadway, he overcorrected, causing it to travel off the left side of the road and overturned several times.  He was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

TEEN HURT IN EARLY SATURDAY MORNING CRASH

 

A teen was hurt in an early Saturday morning crash in Osage County.  19 year old Haleigh Kelley of Linn, MO was on US 63 when her car traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck a culvert and overturned.  She sustained minor injuries and was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital for treatment.

 

  




May 15, 2020

 

NEW HAMPSHIRE WOMAN ARRESTED AFTER ATTEMPTED KIDNAPPING IN MONROE COUNTY

 

A Seabrook, New Hampshire woman was arrested for an attempted child kidnapping in Monroe County. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, 20 year old Erica Johnson of Seabrook, New Hampshire was arrested on May 11th by New Hampshire State Police in connection with the attempted kidnapping of an 11 year old Monroe County resident.  Johnson had been communicating with the child for approximately four months using various gaming platforms and social media. Johnson traveled from Boston, Massachusetts to Monroe County on April 25th. It was determined by investigators that Johnson’s trip was for the purpose of coercing the juvenile to return to New Hampshire with her. She was not successful in leaving Monroe County with the child and returned to New Hampshire where she was arrested.  She is currently awaiting extradition to Missouri with a cash only bond of $50,000.

 

MISSOURI CASINOS TO REOPEN JUNE 1ST, SOME MU EMPLOYEES CAN BEGIN TO RETURN TO CAMPUS

 

Missouri casinos can reopen June 1, ending a nearly 2 1/2-month shutdown caused by the coronavirus. 
All 13 casinos in the state were closed March 17 as part of the effort to limit the spread of COVID-19.
 
The Missouri Gaming Commission on Wednesday extended the closure through May 31, meaning the gambling centers can reopen the following day.
 
The University of Missouri System announced that some employees can return to campus starting May 20.
 
The university is using a phased-in approach that allows some faculty, staff and administrators to return but under guidelines on social distancing and hygiene.

 

SCHUYLER COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT CONFIRMS FIRST COVID-19 CASE

 

The Schuyler County Health Department has confirmed the first positive case of COVID-19 in Schuyler County. The case is community related, meaning the person likely contracted it somewhere within the county where the person lives or in surrounding counties, which in Schuyler County's case, could even mean across the Iowa/Missouri state border.

The patient is being asked to self-isolate to decrease the risk of exposing others.

Administrator Kathryn Magers told KTVO the infected person is between the ages of 60 and 65.

We have learned the patient is a man. The health department won't release his hometown so that won't be an identifying factor.

Schuyler County Health Department staff is working in coordination with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (DHSS) to determine any close contacts of that individual who were possibly exposed. If there were any, health officials will guide these individuals and monitor them closely for the development of symptoms.

 




May 14, 2020

 

COVID-19 CASES TOP 10,000 IN MISSOURI, DEATHS RISE ABOVE 500

 

Both the number of confirmed cases and deaths from the coronavirus in Missouri reached somber milestones Tuesday: Cases topped 10,000 and the number of deaths exceeded 500. The state health department reported 88 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, bringing the total since the pandemic began to 10,006. Thirty-six new deaths were reported. Since March, 524 people in Missouri have died from the virus. St. Louis continues to be the hardest-hit region. State data shows that 53.4% of confirmed cases, and 70.4% of deaths, have occurred in St. Louis city and county combined.

 

MISSOURI REPORTS 46 NEW CASES OF CWD IN DEER HARVEST

 

The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) has finished its chronic wasting disease (CWD) monitoring and testing efforts for the 2019-2020 deer season. After the MDC completed those tests, 46 new cases of CWD were found across the state of Missouri. Those new cases bring the total number of cases reported in Missouri to 162 since 2012. Of the 46 confirmed cases, 19 were in northeast Missouri.

Three were in Adair County, eight in Linn County and eight in Macon County.

25 of the 46 new cases were from the 29,000 tissue samples collected this past season. The remaining 21 cases were from the post-season targeted culling efforts in January, February and early March in areas CWD was previously found.

The MDC would like to thank the 1,390 participating landowners who helped MDC staffers remove 2,400 deer from those areas.

Since the first cases of CWD were confirmed in 2012, the MDC has tested more than 137,000 deer.

 

BE ALERT FOR SEASONAL STRIPING OPERATIONS

 

Road striping operations have begun throughout the state and the Missouri Department of Transportation is urging motorists to use caution when encountering work crews.

 

MoDOT is currently striping two-lane roadways and will be working on freeways and expressways in June, July and August. Drivers will see slow-moving caravans of trucks refreshing the lines on the roadway.

 

Striping crews must travel slowly as they paint roadway markings to ensure a good quality line. The striping trains move between 8 and 12 mph when workers are painting white and yellow lines on the highways. The trucks have flashing lights, boards with flashing arrows and signs that say, “SLOW VEHICLES” and “WET PAINT.”

 

Crisp, easy-to-see striping is a significant safety feature on roadways. MoDOT uses paint embedded with glass beads. The beads reflect headlight beams back in the direction of the motorist to make the stripes more visible, especially at night, wet road or low light conditions.

 

Most of the striping is done during daylight hours. However, it is not uncommon to see crews working at night on interstate highways and other high-volume divided highways. Rain or very damp conditions will cancel or cut short any striping work that is scheduled.

 




May 13, 2020

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR ENCOURAGED BY RETURN TO SOME NORMALCY

 

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson said Monday that he's encouraged that residents are returning to some semblance of normal life after weeks of shelter-in-place orders made necessary by the coronavirus. Parson spent the weekend back home in southwestern Missouri and said it was good "to do some of the normal duties in life." 
He helped his grandson shop for his first car and took his wife to a restaurant.
 Missouri confirmed 74 new cases of the coronavirus on Monday. Parson noted that was the lowest one-day total since mid-March. Deaths rose by four to 488.

 

PROPOSED BILL TO EXTEND ACCESS TO RAPE KITS IN MISSOURI

 

All Missouri hospitals would be required to offer rape kits under a bill heading to the governor's desk. Currently, not every hospital can perform rape kits to gather evidence of sexual assault. But a bill that would mandate access to rape kits at all licensed hospitals received final approval in the state House on Tuesday. Now it's up to Republican Gov. Mike Parson to sign it into law. The measure would give hospitals access to virtual and in-person training on how to perform rape kits. By 2023, all hospitals would be required to provide rape kits.

 

WANTED COLUMBIA MAN ARRESTED IN NEW YORK

 

On May 11, at approximately 7:45 a.m. EDT, troopers from the New York State Police arrested Keith Edwin Brodie, a suspect on Missouri’s most wanted list, on outstanding warrants in Missouri and New Jersey. Brodie, 41, was located in Syracuse, NY and will be held on no bond in the Onondaga County Justice Center in New York with possible full extradition. 

In Missouri, Brodie has warrants for burglary in the first degree, assault in the second degree, unlawful use of a weapon and resisting arrest. Brodie is wanted for a violation of a court order and stalking under the State of New Jersey’s criminal code. As a fugitive from justice, Brodie may be arrested and charged with the crimes that come from the out-of-state jurisdictions in the state of New York.

On Feb. 20, Brodie was a suspect in an officer-involved shooting that took place on Nebo Cemetery Road and Route UU in Columbia. The same day, Brodie hit a CPD officer with his truck as he fled the scene in the 3700 block of Rollins Road

We appreciate our law enforcement partners in Syracuse for their assistance on this case. 

This is an active and ongoing investigation. Anyone with information about this incident is urged to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 




May 12, 2020

 

MEXICO WOMAN, TODDLER AND BABY AMONG THOSE KILLED IN SUBURBAN ST. LOUIS ACCIDENT

 

Authorities say a baby, toddler and three others have been killed in a suburban St. Louis crash. The patrol says Travon Nelson, 22, of Florissant, was behind the wheel of a sport utility vehicle when he went off the side of a road in Jennings and overcorrected Saturday afternoon. He then drove into oncoming traffic and struck a cargo van before overturning. The crash killed Nelson, Kristy Monroe, 22, of Mexico, Missouri, along with the baby, toddler and a 16-year-old. The names of the three juveniles weren't immediately released. The driver of the van was rushed to a hospital in serious condition.

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

On Friday, May 8 at approximately 8:06PM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the intersection of Wade and Hendricks in reference to a crash involving a bicycle.  Responding personnel found that Earl Smith, age 69 of Mexico, was driving his 2006 Pontiac northbound on Wade Street through the intersection, when he struck a bicycle being ridden by a 12 year-old male.  The bicycle had almost cleared the intersection when the collision occurred, and the bicycle was struck on the rear tire causing it to crash.  The juvenile was later taken to SSM Health / St. Mary’s Hospital-Audrain by a parent.  His injuries were treated and he was released.

 

COLUMBIA FIRE DEPARTMENT RESPONDS TO STRUCTURE FIRE

 

The Columbia Fire Department was dispatched to a commercial structure fire at 3700 Flanders Court, Dollar General, on May 11 at 11:33am.  While en route units reported smoke was visible from Ballenger Road.
The first unit arrived on the scene less than four minutes later and reported moderate smoke coming from a single story commercial structure.  Evacuation was in progress.  An additional fire company was requested.  Fire crews performed an aggressive fire attack using pre-connected hose lines that were advanced into the structure from two separate entrances.  They encountered significant heat and smoke upon entry.  The fire was brought under control in approximately thirty minutes.  
The Fire Marshal was dispatched to perform a fire origin and cause investigation.  Additional details will be released as they become available. 
 
Ten units from the Columbia Fire Department responded to this call.  There were no reported injuries.

 




May 11, 2020

 

COLUMBIA POLICE ARREST WANTED MAN AFTER HE BARRICADED HIMSELF IN A RESIDENCE

 

Columbia Police arrested Montreil Donell Johnson, 34, of Columbia, after officers observed Johnson in the area of N. Willowbrook Road and E. Willowbrook Road at approximately 9:40 p.m. on May 9. Officers were aware there was probable cause to arrest Johnson for Domestic Assault in the 2nd Degree from an incident on April 23 (Case number 2020-003334). When approached by officers, Johnson fled into a residence in the 2900 block of N. Willowbrook Road.

Officers established a secure perimeter around the residence and attempted to get Johnson to voluntarily come out, however he refused to exit the residence. The Columbia Police Crisis Negotiation Team, Boone County Sheriff’s Department K-9 unit, and the Columbia Police SWAT team assisted patrol officers at the scene.

After several attempts were made to get Johnson to voluntarily exit, the SWAT team made entry to the residence and located him at 3:55 a.m., unconscious and hiding in a clothes dryer. Johnson was transported by EMS to a local hospital for medical evaluation. He was later released and booked into custody at the Boone County Jail.

Johnson was arrested for Domestic Assault in the 2nd Degree for the previous incident with an additional charge of obstructing government operations for barricading himself in the residence.  

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous. 

 

CHIP SEALING ADDS LIFE TO MISSOURI ROADS, SAVES TAXPAYER DOLLARS

 

Chip seal operations have begun throughout the state, and the Missouri Department of Transportation wants you to know what this work entails and why this technique is used to preserve highways throughout the state.

 

MoDOT has prepared a series of videos titled “All About Chip Seals” to help drivers better understand this maintenance technique. The videos can be found on MoDOT Central District’s YouTube channel here.

 

A chip seal operation entails spraying a heated film of asphalt liquid on the road, followed by placing fine rocks or chips on top. The chips are then compacted to make them adhere to the roadway. Finally, the excess loose chips are swept from the surface, leaving an improved roadway that will hold up longer than it would have without the treatment.

 

Chip seals are about one-third the cost of a conventional asphalt overlay, averaging $15,000 per mile as compared to an estimated $55,000 per mile for an asphalt overlay. Chip seals keep damaging water from penetrating paved surfaces and extend the life of the pavement for an additional five to seven years. Chip sealing also seals cracks and improves roadway traction.

 

A surface may be chip sealed several times, providing the road remains structurally sound. The chip seal process is typically used on roads carrying lower traffic volumes which make up more than half of MoDOT’s roadway network.

 

Motorists should be aware that flaggers and pilot vehicles are frequently present at chip seal operations, and vehicles may be required to come to a complete stop. Traffic delays are possible, so travelers should consider alternate routes, if available.

 




May 8, 2020

 

BRIDGE AND PATCHING WORK CONTINUES FOR ROUTES IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

 

Weather permitting, MoDOT crews will be doing the following work in Montgomery County.

 

Missouri Route 19 south  - May 11-13, crews will have the road down to one lane traffic at the bridge over Interstate 70 at New Florence while bridge maintenance is underway. The work will take place during the overnight hours between 7:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. each day (beginning at 7:00 p.m. on May 11 and ending 7:00 a.m. on May 13) reopening during daytime hours. There will be a 10 ft. width restriction in place while the work is completed.

 

Missouri Route 19 north - May 13-15, crews will have the road down to one lane traffic at the bridge over Interstate 70 at New Florence while bridge maintenance is underway. The work will take place during the overnight hours between 7:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. each day (beginning at 7:00 p.m. on May 13 and ending at 7:00 a.m. on May 15) reopening during daytime hours. There will be a 10 ft. width restriction in place while the work is completed.

 

Montgomery County Route DD - May 11, road will be down to one lane at various locations between Montgomery County Route E and Montgomery County Route A (in Truxton) for patching operations. Work will be completed between 8:00 a.m and 3:00 p.m. that day.

 

Montgomery County Route CC- May 19-21, road will be down to one lane traffic at various locations between Missouri Route 161 and Montgomery County Route A for patching operations. Work will be completed between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. each day.

 

This work is weather dependent and could be rescheduled or delayed.

 

MISSOURI AIR NATIONAL GUARD PLANS FLYOVERS FOR ESSENTIAL WORKERS IN 6 CITIES FRIDAY

 

The Missouri Air National Guard's 131st Bomb Wing will be performing flyovers of six Missouri communities to honor medical and healthcare professionals, essential employees and volunteers in the fight against COVID-19.

These flyovers will take place during the afternoon and evening of May 8.

The flyovers are a part of an Air Force-wide effort to honor first responders as they battle the COVID-19 pandemic, said Col. Ken Eaves, commander of the 131st Bomb Wing.

“We greatly appreciate the selfless service and sacrifices of our medical professionals and other COVID-19 essential workers,” Eaves said. “As Guardsmen, we’ve been honored to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with these incredible professionals. Currently, hundreds of Missouri Air and Army National Guardsmen are mobilized to support these efforts.”

The planned route will pass over Camdenton, Cape Girardeau, St. Louis, Columbia, Jefferson City and Springfield, and will include a B-2 Spirit stealth bomber assigned to the 509th/131st Bomb Wings.

During the flyovers, all residents are encouraged to follow strict social distancing guidelines and refrain from gathering in large groups.

The flyovers are part of the Air Force’s Operation American Resolve, honoring the heroism of medical professionals, healthcare workers and first responders working tirelessly to combat the pandemic. Dozens of similar missions have been conducted across the country in recent weeks, including a flight made up of B-2s and A-10s flown by Airmen from the 509th Bomb Wing and 442nd Fighter Wing, respectively, over Kansas City on April 28.

The U.S. Air Force performs almost 1,000 flyovers each year, to include air shows, national-level sporting events, and any event in support of a patriotic holiday. Flyovers are fully functional training missions, designed to maintain the lethality and readiness of Air Force pilots and maintainers. They are conducted at no additional cost to taxpayers and are incorporated into existing flying schedules.

Based at Whiteman Air Force Base and Jefferson Barracks, the 131st Bomb Wing is the only National Guard wing to fly the B-2 Spirit through as a classic unit association with the active duty Bomb Wing.

Tentative schedule:

4:14 p.m. - Camdenton

4:50 p.m. - Cape Girardeau

5:12 p.m. - St. Louis

5:43 p.m. - Columbia

6:00 p.m. - Jefferson City

6:22 p.m. - Springfield

NOTE: Times are subject to change

 

STATE OF MISSOURI TO SEEK DEATH PENALTY FOR MAN SUSPECTED OF KILLING WISCONSIN BROTHERS

 

The state of Missouri plans to seek the death penalty for a man suspected of killing two brothers from Wisconsin.

Attorney Patrick Berrigan told the St. Joseph News-Press Wednesday that he has been appointed to defend Garland Joseph Nelson in the death penalty case.

Nelson is accused of killing Nick and Justin Diemel, of Shawano County, Wisconsin, in July.

Nelson pleaded not guilty Monday.

Circuit Judge Kevin Walden has been appointed to hear the case.

Court records report the brothers disappeared after they went to Nelson's northwestern Missouri farm to collect a $250,000 debt.

Their remains were found in Missouri and Nebraska

 




May 7, 2020

 

FEDERAL JUDGE THROWS OUT LAWSUIT AGAINST SMITHFIELD FOODS

 

A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit filed on behalf of workers at the Smithfield Foods Meatpacking plant in Milan.

In a 24-page order Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Greg Kays declined to hear the case, which alleged that working conditions at the plant have left its workers dangerously exposed to the coronavirus.

He ruled it's a matter for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OHSA) to consider.

The suit, which was filed nearly two weeks ago by a worker at the plant and a small nonprofit group that advocates for plant workers, alleged that Smithfield Foods had not taken adequate steps to prevent transmission of the coronavirus.

In dismissing the lawsuit, Kays said OHSA was in a better position to determine whether the plant was complying with the guidance. And, he said, deferring to the agency would “ensure uniform national enforcement” of the guidance.

Kays also said he would not have granted the relief requested by the plaintiffs because they had not demonstrated “irreparable harm.”

The plaintiffs wanted Kays to issue an injunction to force Smithfield to provide workers with masks, ensure social distancing and take other measures to protect their safety.

 

SENATE TRYING TO KEEP COLLEGES OUT OF BUDGET CUTS

 

Missouri senators are trying to save colleges and universities from budget cuts after the coronavirus paralyzed the state's economy.

Senators on Tuesday voted against a 10% cut in state funding to public colleges and universities.

The House proposed the cut to balance next year's budget, which begins July 1.

Senators are hoping that Congress will send Missouri more federal aid so the state can avoid those cuts to higher education.

Legislative leaders agreed to cut $700 million from the governor's original budget proposal because of the hit coronavirus has taken on the economy.

One senator says that's not enough.

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE SHOTS FIRED

 

Columbia Police officers responded to the 1600 block of Hanover Boulevard to multiple reports of shots fired on Tuesday, May 5, at approximately 3:05 p.m.

Officers arrived and immediately began canvassing the area and located several shell casings indicating shots had been fired. During the investigation, officers did not locate any damage to property and no injuries were reported.

This is an ongoing investigation. There are no further details to provide at this time.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous. 

 

 




May 6, 2020

 

DRIVERS INJURED IN ST. CHARLES COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

Two drivers were injured in an accident that occurred at around 6:25pm Tuesday in St. Charles County.  The patrol says that 25 year old Shawn Meyer of Florissant was on Highway 370 and following too closely to a car driven by 40 year old Joseph Ratkewicz of St. Charles when his truck struck the car in the rear.  Both were transported by ambulance to St. Joseph East Hospital in St. Charles for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

WOMAN INJURED IN TUESDAY NIGHT WRECK

 

A Louisiana woman was injured in a one-vehicle wreck Tuesday night in Pike County.  37 year old Bridgett Hurshman was on Pike County Road 122 when her car traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck a mailbox, an embankment and a tree.  She sustained moderate injuries and was taken to Barnes Jewish Hospital for treatment.

 

TWO HURT IN TUESDAY AFTERNOON CRASH

 

Two people were hurt in a Tuesday afternoon crash in Lincoln County.  65 year old Nancy Schauer of Troy failed to yield to oncoming traffic while making a left turn onto Highway 47 from Ridge Road when her car was struck in the side by a van driven by Gordon Willis of Old Monroe.  Both drivers were taken to Mercy Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

 




May 5, 2020

 

STATE BEGINS TO REOPEN, BUT WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?

 

On Monday, May 4, Missouri starts with phase one of its "Show Me Strong" reopening plan, after covid-19 closed many businesses, stopped church services, and changed the manner of everyday life statewide.

 

This is not yet a return to normal. It's a first step in a slow crawl toward whatever the post-covid-19 world has in store.

In an April 27 statement from the governor’s office, Parson writes that on May 4: “citizens may begin returning to economic and social activities but must adhere to social distancing requirements, including maintaining six feet of space between individuals in most cases."

Despite increasing numbers of covid-19 cases and deaths in the state, Parson has said the easing of some restrictions is a part of a "data-driven" approach. The plan is said to take into account a perceived need for different policies for different communities, based on whether they're a "hot-spot" for the virus or not. Parson says that phase one of the Plan comes after increased testing capacity in the Show-Me State, which has made that distinction clearer.

 

Stay-home order expires

The Stay Home order issued April 3 is now lifted in Missouri.

For the time being, Missouri's communities are allowed to have stricter rules than the state's, if they so choose, under authority granted by state government at the onset of the pandemic.

 

Many non-essential businesses can reopen

Small and large businesses, as well as manufacturers, barbershops and salons, gyms and restaurants will begin to reopen May 4.

Dependent on where you work, if you're returning to the job site Monday, you may be required to wear personal protective equipment, especially if your job is impossible to do while social distancing.

On May 2, the Governor gave guidance to businesses like hair and nail salons and barbershops, who need to be close to the people they're doing business with, as a matter of fact.

"The social distancing requirements do not apply to individuals performing job duties that require contact with other people closer than six feet (6’)," the Office writes.

Under the Plan's first phase, church services, and even concerts can resume activity, with no limits as to how many can attend, as long as state and federal guidelines for social distancing are followed.

"There are currently no limitations on social gatherings as long as necessary precautions are taken," according to a release from Parson's office.

For comparison's sake, in Iowa, the state’s limit on social gatherings of more than 10 people remains in place.

You can expect thinner crowds inside retail stores, or even lines that go outside, as stores with 10,000 square feet or greater have been instructed to open at 25% capacity or less, businesses larger than 10,000 square feet -- 10% occupancy.

 

Dine-in is allowed once again

Dining rooms in restaurants are now allowed to reopen, too.

Expect for tables at restaurants to be spaced out from one another, and for new protective measures being taken to minimize contact, if the restaurant decides to go the route of reopening table seating.

You may find that restaurants can fit fewer tables in their facilities under these new guidelines than they could beforehand. This could lead to longer wait times, or an inability to be seated in some instances, if the restaurant is really busy.

 

Government services back on

Motor vehicle and drivers’ licenses offices, as well as vehicle inspections, and access to vital records will now be accessible again, but social distancing may affect availability of these services.

Many aspects of government are reopening, but the extent to which things are "back on" as normal is more fluid.

For example, the Kirksville City Council is convening for a study session Monday evening. Before covid-19, a public meeting would be open for the general public to attend.

The Council has opted to close the study session to the public, and will be streaming it online.

 




May 4, 2020

 

BRIDGE AND PATCHING WORK PLANNED FOR SEVERAL ROUTES IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

 

Weather permitting, MoDOT crews will be doing the following work in Montgomery County.  

 

Missouri Route 19 south  - May 3-7 and May 11-13, crews will have the road down to one lane traffic at the bridge over Interstate 70 at New Florence while bridge maintenance is underway. The work will take place during the overnight hours between 7:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. each day (beginning at 7:00 p.m. on May 3 and ending at 7:00 a.m. on May 7, then beginning again at 7:00 p.m. on May 11 and ending 7:00 a.m. on May 13)) reopening during daytime hours. There will be a 10 ft. width restriction in place while the work is completed.

 

Missouri Route 19 north  - May 13-15, crews will have the road down to one lane traffic at the bridge over Interstate 70 at New Florence while bridge maintenance is underway. The work will take place during the overnight hours between 7:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. each day (beginning at 7:00 p.m. on May 13 and ending at 7:00 a.m. on May 15) reopening during daytime hours. There will be a 10 ft. width restriction in place while the work is completed.

 

Montgomery County Route DD - May 4-5, road will be down to one lane at various locations between Montgomery County Route E and Montgomery County Route A for patching operations. Work will be completed between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. each day.

 

Montgomery County Route V - May 6, road will be down to one lane at various locations between Route E and Missouri Route 161 for patching operations. Work will be completed between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

 

Montgomery County Route E- May 14, road will be down to one lane at various locations between Route DD and Route V for patching operations. Work will be completed between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

 

This work is weather dependent and could be rescheduled or delayed.

 

TRAIN DERAILS IN KNOX COUNTY

Cleanup crews are on the scene of a freight train derailment in northeast Missouri.
BNSF Railways spokesman Andy Williams told KTVO the incident happened at 6:55 a.m. Sunday in Knox County.
A resident who lives near the site said the derailment is approximately five miles northwest of Edina off of Knox County Route P.
Williams said 11 of  91 cars of the westbound train jumped the tracks.
He would not release what was in the overturned train cars, but he did say it is not hazardous materials.
No injuries were reported.
Crews from St. Louis were brought to the scene to clean up the mess.
Smith said there are two rail lines in the area where the derailment happened, so train traffic was not interrupted by the derailment.
A cause is still unclear at this time.

 




Weekend Report- May 2-3, 2020

 

MAN INJURED IN AUDRAIN COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A Mexico man was injured in an accident that occurred at 5pm Saturday in Audrain County.  The patrol says that 46 year old Gary Cheney was riding his ATV on County Road 901 when it traveled off the left side of the roadway and overturned, ejecting him from the ATV.  He was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

TROY WOMAN HURT IN SATURDAY MORNING CRASH

 

A Troy woman was hurt in a Saturday morning crash in Gasconade County.  71 year old Alice Tesi was on MO 28 when she attempted to slow for another motorist slowing ahead, drove off the left side of the road, lost control and struck an embankment, before being ejected from her vehicle.  She sustained moderate injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment.

 

DRIVER INJURED IN FRIDAY AFTERNOON WRECK

 

A Columbia driver was injured in a one-vehicle wreck Friday afternoon in Boone County.  53 year old Donald Watkins was on Route N when his car crossed the center line and ran off the left side of the roadway and overturned.  He was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries.

 




May 1, 2020

 

BRIDGE MAINTENANCE PLANNED DURING OVERNIGHT HOURS FOR MISSOURI ROUTE 19 IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

 

Weather permitting, May 3-7, MoDOT crews will have one lane traffic on Missouri Route 19 south at the bridge over Interstate 70 at New Florence while bridge maintenance is underway. The work will take place during the overnight hours between 7:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. each day (beginning at 7:00 p.m. on May 3 and ending at 7:00 a.m. on May 7) reopening during daytime hours. There will be a 10 ft. width restriction in place while the work is completed. This work is weather dependent and could be rescheduled or delayed. 

 

COLUMBIA AND BOONE COUNTY OFFICIALS ANNOUNCE GRADUAL REOPENING ORDER

 

Stephanie Browning, director of Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services (PHHS) has issued Order No. 2020-05. This order includes a framework for most businesses in Boone County to reopen with limitations on occupancy. This order will be effective at 12 a.m. on Monday, May 4, 2020, and represents a careful, gradual and phased approach to reopening Columbia and Boone County. 

"It is important that we maintain low-levels of transmission as we have learned that the public health and socioeconomic impacts of the virus are significant and disproportionately impact the vulnerable. For that to happen, we all have to continue modifying our behaviors and every resident has a key role in facilitating this. Thanks to the community's hard work and sacrifice, COVID-19 cases in Boone County have begun to level off and local health care systems have been able to maintain capacity without resorting to crisis levels of care," Browning said. 

Highlights: 

  • Individuals at high risk should continue to stay at home and not interact with others except for vital activities.
  • Those working from home should remain working from home to the greatest extent possible.
  • Most businesses will be able to reopen with capacity limits and maintain social distancing requirements.
  • For smaller locations (less than 10,000 square feet), they must maintain 25% or less of the authorized occupancy.
  • For larger locations (10,000 square feet or greater), they must maintain 10% or less of the authorized occupancy.
  • Facilities that offer personal care services, such as hair and nail salons, massage services and others, will have more restrictive capacity limits, as it is not possible to social distance during those services. Refer to the order for more information.
  • Large venues, movie theaters, bars, playgrounds, hot tubs and spray grounds will continue to be closed. Contact sports will also be prohibited during this time.
  • Mass gatherings of more than 10 people are not permitted. Social distancing should continue to be practiced at all times when around others not in the same household.

The contact investigation team at PHHS is working closely with local health care systems and testing laboratories to track new cases of the virus. Should there be any indication that the progress that has been made thus far is jeopardized, the PHHS director may reinstate restrictions based on the epidemiological conditions at that time. 
Businesses should refer to the business guidance document provided by PHHS for more information on how to safely operate during this time. If you are a business with questions about operating requirements, please emailbusinessguidance@CoMo.gov. In addition to business guidance, PHHS will be launching an online, voluntary training for businesses to certify that they are using best safety practices during COVID-19. More information will be available soon.

 

SMITHFIELD FOODS ASKS FEDERAL JUDGE FOR MORE TIME TO MEET SAFETY STANDARDS


The world's largest pork producer has told a judge in Missouri that it's working as quickly as it can to comply with federal guidelines that seek to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

But Smithfield Foods says it needs some flexibility in an industry where people typically work side by side.

The comments from a lawyer for Smithfield Foods came as a judge weighed whether to issue an injunction requiring the company's Milan plant to abide by federal guidelines

KTVO reached out to one of the attorneys for the group filing the lawsuit against Smithfield, the Rural Community Worker's Alliance.

David Muraskin told KTVO by email that Smithfield has 24 hours to file additional information with the judge. 
The RWCA will then have 24 hours to respond.

Muraskin says that Judge Greg Kays has then promised to rule expeditiously thereafter.

The RCWA lawsuit isn't asking for monetary damages, just that Smithfield take actions to protect the health of workers.

 




April 30, 2020

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR PRESENTS DATA BACKING UP REOPENING DECISION

 

On Monday, Governor Mike Parson gave the green light for all Missouri businesses to reopen on Monday, May 4. Parson said that decision was based on recent data collected in the Show-Me State.

Health officials continue to count the number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients and the number of people under investigation.

Parson said on April 7, the state hit peak hospitalization with 1,242 cases.

Since that time, the total number of hospitalizations has decreased in every region of the state, with the exception of the St. Louis area.

  • The Kansas City region went from 411 hospitalizations to 232 (41% reduction)
  • The Central Region went from 40 hospitalizations to 25 (38% reduction)
  • The Northwest Region went from 17 hospitalizations to 10 (41% reduction)
  • The Northeast Region went from 6 hospitalizations to 2 (67% reduction)
  • The Southwest Region went from 73 hospitalizations to 27 (63% reduction)
  • The Southeast Region went from 56 to 31 hospitalizations (45% reduction)
  • St. Louis region went from 639 hospitalizations to 692 (8% increase)

In addition, Parson said the hospitals in the state also have a significant amount of medical equipment.

Based on those numbers, business sectors across Missouri are looking forward to reopening in the coming days.

Greg Hunsucker, board president of the Missouri Restaurant Association said employees are ready and willing to get back to work, all while taking the proper precautions.

While Parson said all Missouri businesses have an opportunity to reopen, local governments have the authority to impose further rules and restrictions.

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

On Wednesday at approximately 12:57AM, the Mexico Public Safety Department attempted to stop a vehicle in the 400 block of Robinson for several traffic violations.  The vehicle drove through some yards and officers located it in a nearby driveway.  Officers spoke with Blake E Swisher, age 26 of Monett, Missouri.  Swisher denied being in the vehicle and while speaking with officers, he ran.  Officers chased him for a little over a block before catching him in the 700 block of N Olive.

 

It was determined Swisher had four outstanding arrest warrants: three from Audrain County and one from Warren County.  He was transported to the Audrain County Jail for the warrants and for the additional charge of Resisting Arrest.  During the foot pursuit, Swisher damaged a fence when trying to jump over it.  Swisher and two MPSD officers received minor injuries from falls at various times during the chase.

 

LANE CLOSURE SCHEDULED FOR BUSINESS LOOP 70 WEST IN COLUMBIA

 

Beginning Monday, May 4, at 7 a.m., JF Construction, contractor for Ameren Missouri, plans to install a new gas main along the north side of Business Loop 70 West, weather permitting. This will result in a lane restriction of the westbound lane of Business Loop 70 West between Schwabe Lane and Cosmos Place daily between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Two-way traffic will be maintained. The work associated with the lane restriction is scheduled to be completed by Friday, May 29, at 5 p.m., weather permitting. Motorists, pedestrians and non-motorized transportation users are urged to exercise extreme caution when in the work zone.

 

 




April 29, 2020

 

MISSOURI HOUSE BUDGET CHAIR PROPOSES CUTS TO SPENDING PLAN

 

A top Missouri lawmaker is proposing a near $700 million cut to the current spending plan. Republican House Budget Committee Chairman Cody Smith on Monday moved to make the cuts to the governor's original $30 billion spending plan. 
Republican Gov. Mike Parson drafted his budget recommendations before the coronavirus started wreaking havoc on the state's economy. 
Lawmakers have been off work for weeks over concerns about spreading the virus. 
But they came back to try to pass a tightened budget before their May 8 deadline. 
The full House still needs to approve Smith's proposal before the budget can head to the Senate.

 

COLUMBIA POLICE IDENTIFY REMAINS FOUND EARLIER THIS MONTH

 

The Columbia Police Department has identified the human remains found on April 14 as Timothy Alan Chrouser, 47, of Columbia. Chrouser was identified through medical records. Next of kin has been notified. 

Chrouser was reported missing on Sept. 2, 2019, as he had not been seen for approximately a week. Officers were able to check several of the businesses and areas that he was known to visit but was unable to locate him or anyone that had seen him recently. 

On April 14, Columbia Police responded to an area near I-70 Drive NW and Stadium Boulevard after an individual reported finding possible human remains.

The cause of death is still not determined. This is an ongoing investigation and there are no further details to provide at this time.

Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS to remain anonymous.

 

WELLSVILLE HIGH SCHOOL RECOGNIZED IN SAFE DRIVING CAMPAIGN FOR HIGH SEAT BELT USAGE

 

Wellsville High School is being awarded a $500 grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for their educational efforts in the It Only Takes One Campaign. Wellsville was one of three schools selected in the region to receive this award. This money will be used to further highway safety educational efforts in the school. They also will receive a gold banner for achieving 100% seat belt usage! Wellsville was one of two northeast Missouri schools to receive banner honors in the competition.

It Only Takes One is a statewide campaign among high school students that stresses the importance of making good decisions while on the road. One drink, one text, one distraction could end it all. But one click (of the seatbelt) could save your life. It runs from September to March.

The Missouri teen seat belt usage rate statewide is 74%. Educating our young drivers on responsible driving habits doesn't end with the competition. Please continue to keep reminding them about the importance of wearing their seat belt every time they are in a vehicle and to NOT text and drive.

 




April 28, 2020

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES FIRST PHASE OF REOPENING

 

Monday, Governor Mike Parson announced the first phase of the "Show Me Strong Recovery" Plan, which outlines how Missouri will gradually begin to reopen economic and social activity on Monday, May 4.

During phase one of the plan, citizens may begin returning to economic and social activities, but must adhere to social distancing requirements, including maintaining 6 feet of space between individuals in most cases. There are currently no limitations on social gatherings as long as necessary precautions are taken and 6 feet of distance can be maintained between individuals and/or families.

In addition, Parson says all businesses can be open provided that the social distancing guidelines set forth in the new health order are followed. Some businesses will be required to take additional precautions to protect employees and the public, such as occupancy limits at retail locations

Parson says the Show Me Strong Recovery Plan rests on four essential pillars, intended to protect those most at risk of exposure to COVID-19.

 

Expand testing capacity and volume in the state

  • Expand reserves of personal protective equipment, or PPE, by opening public and private supply chains
  • Continue to monitor and if necessary, expand hospital and health care system capacity, including isolation and alternate care facilities for those that cannot self-quarantine at home
  • Improve ability to predict potential outbreaks using Missouri's public health data

As Parson has said before, this will be a deliberate and data-driven process that allows for flexibility based on changing situations.

The governor adds that some communities may be able to reopen at a faster rate than others. Local officials will have the authority to put further rules, regulations or ordinances in place so long as they are not inconsistent with the statewide order.

Even as Missouri gradually reopens, citizens are encouraged to continue taking precautions to protect themselves and others:

  • Stay home if sick
  • Wash hands often with soap and water or use hand sanitzer
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Sneeze or cough into a tissue or the inside of elbow
  • Disinfect frequently used items and surfaces
  • Avoid socializing in groups that do not readily allow for appropriate social distancing
  • Minimize travel to the extent possible

In addition, all businesses are encouraged to do the following:

  • Implement basic infection prevention measures informed by industry best practices
  • Modify physical work spaces to maximize social distancing
  • Minimize business travel
  • Develop an infectious disease preparedness and response plan
  • Do not allow symptomatic people to physically return to work until cleared by a medical provider
  • Encourage telework whenever possible and feasible with business operations
  • Return to work in phases and or split shifts
  • Limit access to common areas where personnel are likely to congregate and interact
  • Ensure that sick leave polices are flexible and consistent with public health guidance

AREA SCHOOL DISTRICTS, ONE TRANSPORTATION COMPANY RECEIVE MONEY TO HELP PURCHASE BUSES TO LOWER DIESEL EMISSION

 

Last Thursday, in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded a total of $1,030,000 to 23 Missouri school districts and one Missouri school bus transportation company to replace 52 older diesel school buses.

 

The funds are part of $11.5 million to replace 580 buses for 157 school bus fleets in 43 states and Puerto Rico, each of which will receive rebates through EPA's Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) funding. The new buses will reduce pollutants that are linked to health problems such as asthma and lung damage.

 

School districts and bus transportation company receiving funds include:

 

Bowling Green R-I:   $20,000  

Festus R-VI:              $115,000

Hillsboro R-III:           $20,000

Louisiana R-II:          $20,000

North Callaway R-1   $40,000

Sullivan:                   $40,000

Jarnik Buses             $60,000

(Maryville)

 




April 27, 2020

 

BRIDGE MAINTENANCE PLANNED DURING OVERNIGHT HOURS FOR MISSOURI ROUTE 19 IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

 

Weather permitting, May 3-7, MoDOT crews will have one lane traffic on Missouri Route 19 south at the bridge over Interstate 70 at New Florence while bridge maintenance is underway. The work will take place during the overnight hours between 7:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. each day (beginning at 7:00 p.m. on May 3 and ending at 7:00 a.m. on May 7) reopening during daytime hours. There will be a 10 ft. width restriction in place while the work is completed. This work is weather dependent and could be rescheduled or delayed. 

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR FURTHER OUTLINES REOPEN PLAN

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson says his plan to reopen the state from the coronavirus shutdown will include guidance for church services, sports and other events.
Parson said during a news conference on Friday that Missourians have "stepped up to do their part" in helping to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, allowing the state to move ahead with plans to allow businesses and other organizations to reopen starting May 4. He says more details will be announced next week about how the reopening will work. Parson says the guidance he will outline will include religious services, weddings and outdoor functions like sports.

 

SMITHFIELD FOODS BEING SUED OVER CORONAVIRUS SAFETY


A Heartland meatpacking plant is facing a federal lawsuit over its handling of coronavirus safety procedures.
The Smithfield Foods plant in Milan is being sued by the Rural Community Workers Alliance.
The RCWA is a non-profit operating out of Green City, run by a single person identified as Alex Fuentes, of Kirksville.
The group says in court documents that it is suing on behalf of a Milan plant worker only identified as "Jane Doe"
The suit, which was filed Thursday in the Western District of Missouri, not only accuses  Smithfield of failing to protect its workers, it also says the company is essentially bribing its workforce to work in dangerous conditions by offering a $500 "responsibility bonus."
The lawsuit claims that bonus is only available if a worker doesn't miss a shift between April 1 and May 1.
The RCWA says that racism is at play, suggesting the company blamed "certain cultures" rather than a lack of personal protective equipment for an outbreak at its South Dakota plant.
The suit doesn't ask for money but that the company takes steps to protect its employees.
As of Friday morning Smithfield hadn't responded to the suit.

 




Weekend Report- April 25-26, 2020

 

MAN INJURED IN EARLY SUNDAY MORNING ACCIDENT  

 

A Wright City man was injured in an accident that occurred at 3:05am Sunday in Lincoln County.  27 year old Cesar Santiago was on Route C when his truck traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck an embankment.  He was taken to St. Joseph East Hospital in St. Charles for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

DRIVER INJURED IN ST. CHARLES COUNTY WRECK

 

A St. Louis driver was injured in a one-vehicle wreck early Sunday morning in St. Charles County.  The patrol says that 27 year old Jerrick Cornelious was eastbound on I-70 when he changed lanes and lost control of his car, causing it to travel off the left side of the road and strike the concrete median barrier.  He sustained minor injuries and was taken to St. Joseph East Hospital in St. Charles for treatment.

 

TROY MAN HURT IN SATURDAY MORNING CRASH

 

A Troy man was hurt in a Saturday morning crash in St. Charles County.  21 year old Raymond Piorkowski was westbound on I-70 when he lost control and his truck ran off the right side of t5he roadway, struck a guardrail and a light pole.  He was transported by ambulance to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment of moderate injuries.

 




April 24, 2020

 

COUNTIES WITH MEATPACKING AND FOOD PLANTS SEEING SPIKE IN CORONAVIRUS CASES

 

Two rural Missouri counties are seeing huge spikes in coronavirus cases, including many connected to meatpacking and food plants. 
Saline County on Wednesday reported 96 cases of the coronavirus. Moniteau County reported 55 cases, citing 29 as confirmed and 26 as "probable." 
Neither county has reported a death. 
Statewide, the number of confirmed cases topped 6,000 on Wednesday, and the death toll reached 229. 
Data provided by Saline and Moniteau counties shows they have the highest per capita rates of infection in the state. 
Saline County's is 419 per 100,000 residents and Moniteau County's is 341 cases per 100,000 residents.

 

COLUMBIA POLICE ARREST WANTED MAN AFTER STANDOFF, NEGOTIATIONS

 

On Wednesday, April 22, Columbia police arrested Roderick Jones, 36, of Columbia, on several felony charges. Prior to his arrest, Jones had an active warrant for Domestic Assault in the First Degree, Unlawful Use of a Weapon, Unlawful Possession of a Firearm and a $100,000 cash bond only.

At approximately 12:19 p.m., CPD officers were provided a tip that Jones’ vehicle was located in the 2300 block of Parker Road. Upon arrival, officers were able to identify and determine that the suspect’s vehicle was there. Officers proceeded to make contact with neighbors to determine the residence in which Jones may be hiding. 

When officers attempted to make contact with Jones, he barricaded himself in the residence. Officers proceeded to request additional resources which included members of the Violent Crimes Task Force, Street Crimes Unit and K-9 unit. 

The BearCat, a personal protective vehicle, was also positioned at the scene. After 30 minutes of negotiations with the Patrol and Street Crimes Units, Jones surrendered.

Earlier this year, Jones had been identified as a suspect in a domestic assault incident where he fled the scene of the crime. He was also seen in this same area on April 16, which prompted CPD to ask the public for assistance in locating the suspect. CPD is grateful for the assistance of the citizens who provided the tip to help take a violent felon off of the streets.

This is an active and ongoing investigation. There are no further details to provide at this time.  Anyone with information about this incident is urged to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous. 

 




April 23, 2020

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

On Tuesday at approximately 8:58AM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 900 block of Union Street in reference to a fire.  Responding personnel found a house with heavy flame coming from both the lower and upper level.  The fire was completely extinguished by about 12:30PM, but the building had suffered significant structural damage.  Personnel with Mexico Public Works responded and pushed the building down to prevent anyone being hurt.

 

The house was vacant, but a family member of the owners had been staying in and around the house.  The family member was in the attached garage when the fire started and the fire was caused accidentally, due to smoking.  He appeared to have inhaled some smoke and Audrain Ambulance District treated him on scene.  He refused further care.  There were no other injuries from the incident.

 

MISSOURI TO USE NEW RESOURCE IN FIGHT AGAINST CORONAVIRUS

 

Missouri will now be using Google technology to help in the fight against COVID-19.

On Wednesday, Missouri Governor Mike Parson announced the launch of a new tool developed by Google to help health care providers connect with Missouri manufacturers and suppliers of personal protective equipment, or PPE.

The new tool is a joint effort between the state and the Missouri Hospital Association. It was built to help manufacturers that have shifted production to PPE enter the health care market and connect with buyers.

Parson also said the state will be receiving another resource to address the short supply of PPE in Missouri.

"The PPE shortage has been a top concern in Missouri and nationwide as health professionals and first responders respond to COVID-19. Today [Wednesday], I am pleased to announce the deployment of a decontamination system in Missouri to assist with the N95 mask shortage."

In an effort to conserve PPE amid the COVID-19 crisis, hospitals, health care providers and first responder agencies will have the opportunity to utilize the Battelle Critical Care Decontamination System (CCDS) starting next week.

A result of two decades of research and approved for use through the federal Food and Drug Administration, the system uses a process of vapor phase hydrogen peroxide to decontaminate the masks. Any one mask can be decontaminated using the process up to 20 times without impacting its integrity.

The system also has the capability to decontaminate 80,000 masks per day.

The Battelle CCDS is 100% federally funded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, allowing the mask decontamination to be provided at no cost to health care providers.

There will be up to 13 drop-off and pick-up sites located throughout the state. The masks are then transported via a biohazard courier to the temporary site of the Battelle CCDS in Jefferson City. The masks will then be returned to the original drop-off/pick-up site approximately 72 hours following drop-off.

 




April 22, 2020

 

STATE OF MISSOURI SUES CHINESE GOVERNMENT OVER CORONAVIRUS

 

Missouri is suing the Chinese government over the coronavirus pandemic. The state's top prosecutor announced the lawsuit Tuesday.

It alleges that Chinese officials are to blame for the pandemic. Schmitt says the Chinese government lied about the dangers of the virus and didn't do enough to slow its spread.

An international law expert says lawsuits against other countries typically don't go anywhere because U.S. law generally prohibits them.

According to Johns Hopkins University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering, the number of Missouri deaths from the virus rose by 16 Tuesday to 215.

 

MODOT URGES DRIVERS TO BE AWARE OF WORK ZONES

 

As construction begins to ramp up this Spring, the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) is encouraging drivers to slow down and avoid distractions, especially when they are driving through work zones.

Last year, there were 39 truck-mounted attenuator (TMA) crashes.

Truck-mounted attenuators are pieces of safety equipment designed to absorbed impact in highway work zones.

There have been 18 of these crashes so far, this year, making the state on pace to see a record number of work zone crashes.

 

COLUMBIA POLICE ARREST MAN AFTER PURSUIT AND ACCIDENT

 

On Monday, Columbia Police arrested Lacy Jordan Jr., 65, of Columbia after colliding into another vehicle and damaging other vehicles and property in the 1400 block of Boyd Lane. Jordan was charged with Felony Driving While Intoxicated. 

At approximately 9:55 p.m., officers witnessed the suspect’s vehicle speeding and committing lane violations while traveling eastbound on Hanover Boulevard, which prompted officers to conduct a traffic stop, but the suspect fled the scene.

CPD pursued the vehicle briefly, but officers terminated the pursuit after witnessing erratic driving of the suspect’s vehicle. The suspect was seen driving a white Chevrolet Impala with an adult male passenger. 

At approximately 9:58 p.m., a 911 caller reported witnessing a wreck located in the 1400 block of Boyd Lane.

Upon arrival, officers immediately provided aid to Jordan and a passenger identified as Wayne Ronail Freelon, 52, of Columbia. Both were transported to the hospital by EMS, sustaining non-life threatening injuries. 

This is an ongoing investigation, there are no further details to provide at this time. Anyone with information about this incident is urged to please contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous. 

 

 




April 21, 2020

 

CORONAVIRUS DEATHS IN MISSOURI HIT 200

 

The coronavirus outbreak has now claimed 200 lives in Missouri and sickened thousands more. 
COVID-19-related deaths in Missouri rose to 200, up 14 from Saturday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering, which has been tracking cases worldwide. 
The data also showed the number of confirmed cases in the state increased to 5,991, up 219. 
The deaths include 11 residents of Frontier Health and Rehabilitation in St. Charles County. 
Another roughly 60 Frontier residents and a dozen employees have tested positive.

 

MAN ACCUSED OF KILLING WISCONSIN BROTHERS TO BE ARRAIGNED

 

A Missouri man accused of killing two brothers from Wisconsin is scheduled to be arraigned next month.

Garland Joseph Nelson, of Braymer, waived his right last week to a preliminary hearing in which the judge could hear the prosecutor's evidence against him and decide whether it was sufficient for him to stand trial.

Instead the 10 felony charges against Nelson will be formally read at his May 4 arraignment.

Among the charges are two counts each of first-degree murder in the deaths of 35-year-old Nick Diemel and 34-year-old Justin Diemel, of Shawano County, Wisconsin.

 

MISSING MEMPHIS WOMAN HOME SAFE

 

A missing northeast Missouri woman with a developmental disability is now back home safe and sound with her family.

A brother of Alicia Miller Dugger, of Memphis, Missouri, told KTVO that family friends found Dugger in Kansas City, Missouri, and returned her home to Memphis on Saturday evening.

She had last been seen in Kansas City on April 10, 2020, after she and a friend got separated following an argument.

By tracking the missing woman's EBT card, Kansas City police had been able to locate a convenience store that Dugger had been frequenting since her disappearance.

By talking to a store clerk who had seen her multiple times, police determined that Dugger did not appear to be in any harm or held against her will.

Family friends were then able to track Dugger down over the weekend and get her back home to Memphis.

 




April 20, 2020

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR MOVING FORWARD WITH PLANS TO BEGIN TO REOPEN STATE IN EARLY MAY

 

Coronavirus cases continue to rise throughout the state of Missouri including 15 added deaths since Friday but Governor Mike Parson says he is moving forward with a plan to reopen the state.

Thursday, he unveiled the Show Me Strong Recovery Plan.

During a press conference on Friday, Parson detailed more of that initiative.

He says the state's approach will be deliberate and data-driven, and intended to protect those most at risk to COVID-19, all while returning Missouri to a new normal.

The essential pillar framework will allow the state to work through a gradual reopening, leading to a broader economic recovery. Specifically, Missouri's economic recovery plans will focus on the diversity of Missouri - it's people, businesses, communities and infrastructure.

Parson said the state is still currently in the immediate response phase and will soon move to the gradual reopening phase driven by Missouri-specific public health data.

During the same press conference, state officials gave an update on PPE, or personal protective equipment.

On Monday, KTVO reported the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency recalled 48,000 KN94 face masks distributed to law enforcement and fire personnel.

Testing done by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services found some masks did not meet safety standards.

Now, Missouri Department of Public Safety Director Sandra Karsten says the state has been working to distribute additional personal protective equipment to front line responders.

Karsten says the faulty masks were purchased from three different vendors.

Those vendors have since refunded the state's money and picked up the recalled masks, or are in the process of doing so.

The mask recall is something that the Missouri State Auditor's Office is continuing to investigate.

 

WIDELY USED PROJECTION PREDICTS MISSOURI REOPEN “AFTER JUNE 1”

 

Missouri suffered 15 deaths to COVID-19 since Friday, for a total of 185, according to data from Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering, which has been tracking cases worldwide.

The number of confirmed cases in the state increased to 5,772, up 212 over Friday.

According to widely-used University of Washington IHME projections, it has already been four days since Missouri's projected peak in daily deaths to COVID-19 at time of writing.

The predictions assume that current measures remain in place until June 1 in Missouri, a week and one day after COVID-19 deaths are projected to stop in the state.

President Donald Trump has left the issue of how, and when, to relax the current strategies up to state governors, after 'swift pushback' for claiming he had absolute authority to determine when states reopen.

Gov. Mike Parson said Thursday that he's got sights set on May 4 to begin phase one of his Show Me Strong recovery plan, KTVO reported.

 




Weekend Report- April 18-19, 2020

 

MAN KILLED IN SATURDAY NIGHT ACCIDENT

 

A Lake St. Louis man was killed in an accident that occurred at 7:25pm Saturday in Gasconade County.  The patrol says that 36 year old Matthew Hewitt was riding his ATV on private property when it overturned and ejected him.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

 

WOMAN HURT IN SATURDAY NIGHT WRECK

 

A St. Louis woman was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Saturday night in St. Charles County.  25 year old Jane Morozovich was on Missouri Route 364 when her car traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck the concrete barrier, returned to the road, traveled off the left side of the roadway and struck the concrete median barrier.  She was taken to St. Joseph East Hospital in St. Charles for treatment of minor injuries.

 

DRIVER HURT IN SATURDAY MORNING CRASH

 

A Waynesville driver was hurt in a Saturday morning crash in Franklin County.  48 year old Jerome Douglas was on Highway UU when his car ran off the right side of the road, he overcorrected, causing it to travel off the left side of the roadway and strike a tree.  He sustained minor injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment.

 

 




April 17, 2020

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR EXTENDS STAY AT HOME ORDER

 

Missouri Governor Mike Parson has extended the statewide stay-at-home order, now set to run through Sunday, May 3.

The initial order was set to expire at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 24.

Despite the extension, Parson said plans are now in place to reopen the state.

Between now and Monday, May 4, Parson and state officials will continue monitoring the COVID-19 crisis with health, business and government leaders.

He said the state's approach to reopening will be "deliberate and data-driven."

Parson said reopening Missouri will come in two initial phases.

First, the state will work to protect health care workers, first responders and other direct care workers — so the most vulnerable citizens have access to care.

After that, the state will begin strategically reopening businesses.

These phases involve multiple steps that take into consideration the state's "data-driven approach."

Those steps include:

  • Rapidly expanding testing capacity and testing for patients who are contagious or immune to the virus
  • Expanding reserves of personal protective equipment, or PPE, by opening public and private supply chains while emphasizing the use of Missouri businesses
  • Improving the ability to predict outbreaks using Missouri public health data

Parson adds that social distancing has been working when it comes to combating coronavirus in Missouri.

 

JEFFERSON CITY POLICE OFFICER WOUNDED, SUSPECT KILLED IN WEDNESDAY NIGHT SHOOTING

 

Authorities say an officer has fatally shot a person who shot and wounded another officer following a police chase in Missouri. 

Police say the wounded Jefferson City officer, who was wearing a protective vest, was shot in the chest and was in stable condition. 

The pursuit started about 10:20 p.m. Wednesday after Jefferson City officers tried to stop a vehicle in connection with previous shootings, and the driver of the vehicle wouldn't stop. 

Two people eventually got out of the vehicle and fled, and one allegedly fired at officers. 

Police say another officer returned fire, killing the person.

The second person was taken into custody.

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

On Wednesday at approximately 2:16PM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the Clark Street Bridge, located in the 400 block of S Clark, in reference to a person being hit by a vehicle.  Responding personnel found that Kayla Allen, age 21 of Mexico, was walking north in the southbound lane of the bridge, when she was struck by a 2013 Chevrolet being driven southbound by Raylynn Dollens, age 18 of Mexico.  Allen was taken to University Hospital by Audrain Ambulance District where she was treated and released.  No one in the Chevrolet was injured.

 




April 16, 2020

 

MISSOURI’S MAJOR CITIES TO DECIDE WHETHER TO EXTEND STAY AT HOME ORDERS

 

Regional leaders in St. Louis and Kansas City may decide by the end of the week whether to extend stay-at-home orders in Missouri's two biggest urban areas, regardless of whether the statewide mandate is allowed to expire.

Kansas City, St. Louis and their suburbs invoked stay-at-home orders several days before Republican Gov. Mike Parson issued one for the entire state that began April 6 and is set to expire April 24.

Parson has been non-committal about whether the statewide order will be extended, but has cited a need to restart the economy.

Missouri has recorded 4,784 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 153 deaths.

 

UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI LEADERS CONSIDER WAYS TO CUT COSTS

 

Leaders of the University of Missouri System are considering layoffs, unpaid leave and other ways to contain costs due to the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. 
University of Missouri System President Mun Choi said in a statement Tuesday that major sources of funding "will remain under stress for some time to come." 
He said that effective May 1, he and other leaders are taking 10% salary cuts that will last until at least July 31. 
Meanwhile, budget planners at each university are developing plans for cuts of up to 15%. Some budget-cutting decisions will be made by April 30.

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

On Wednesday at approximately 1:45AM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 1400 block of N Western in reference to a fire.  Responding personnel found fire in the kitchen, which was located at the back of the home.  The fire was contained and extinguished in that location, after causing significant fire damage to the kitchen and moderate smoke and heat damage to the rest of the home.  It was determined that someone staying in the home was heating grease on the stovetop, and the grease caught fire.  The person threw a handful of flour at the flame, but it was not enough to extinguish it.  All the residents exited the home as the fire grew and there were no injuries from the incident.   

 

 




April 15, 2020

 

MISSOURI SUPREME COURT WEIGHS RETRIAL FOR MAN ACCUSED OF MURDER

 

Missouri Supreme Court judges are weighing whether to grant a new trial for a man who has spent more than two decades in prison for a murder he says he didn't commit.

Judges heard arguments remotely on 46-year-old Lamar Johnson's case Tuesday over concerns about coronavirus.

Johnson was convicted in the 1994 killing of 25-year-old Marcus Boyd over an alleged drug dispute.

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner agrees that Johnson is innocent.

She's asking the Supreme Court for a new trial.

But the state says only Johnson can ask for a new trial, and it's too late for that.

 

MISSING MEMPHIS WOMAN BELIEVED TO BE SAFE

 

A missing northeast Missouri woman is believed to be safe although she is not back with her family just yet.

On Tuesday afternoon, Memphis, Missouri, Police Chief Bill Holland gave KTVO-TV an update on Alicia Miller Dugger, 32, of Memphis.

Dugger, who has a developmental disability, was last seen Friday on Independence Avenue in Kansas City, Missouri.

She had gone there with a friend, and they got separated after getting into an argument.

Holland said officers from the Kansas City Police Department (KCPD) were able to track activity on Dugger's EBT card.

They found a convenience store where Dugger had used the card several times, as recently as Tuesday.

KCPD officers spoke with a store clerk who has seen Dugger coming and going over the past three to four days. Holland said the woman seems fine and does not appear to be in any harm or held against her will. 

Officers learned Dugger has been accompanied by a few different people when going to the convenience store.

Holland told KTVO-TV Dugger's family is going to have friends who live in Kansas City go to the area around the store to see if they can locate her.

He said the woman is no longer considered missing by KCPD.

 

MISSOURI IS FIRST STATE TO RECEIVE A RURAL TRANSIT GRANT UNDER THE FEDERAL CARES ACT

 

On Tuesday, Governor Mike Parson announced that Missouri is the first state in the nation to receive a federal grant for rural transit as part of national COVID-19 relief efforts.

On Monday the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA)  announced a $61.7 million grant to the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act signed by President Donald J. Trump on March 27, 2020.

“These funds will provide a needed boost to rural transit systems in Missouri, as many have reduced service due to the COVID-19 crisis,” Governor Parson said. “I want to thank Secretary Chao and our Missouri congressional leaders, Representative Sam Graves and Senators Josh Hawley and Roy Blunt, for their role in obtaining these important funds for our state. This relief will help keep Missouri’s vital rural transit system operating for people who have limited transportation options and need it most.”

The CARES Act provides emergency assistance and health care response for individuals, families and businesses affected by COVID-19 and provides emergency appropriations to support Executive Branch agency operations during the pandemic. It includes $25 billion in transit assistance funding to support public transit recipients of urban and rural area funds, with $22.7 billion to large and small urban areas and $2.2 billion to rural areas.

MoDOT will use the funds for operating expenses and capital assistance for 30 Missouri rural agencies, including the Cape Girardeau County Transit Authority; the nonprofit OATS Inc., which operates in 87 Missouri counties; the City of Excelsior Springs; and the New Bourbon Regional Port Authority Ferry Boat Operator. Please see FTA’s apportionment tables for the totals apportioned to each area.

Operating expenses incurred beginning on January 20 are eligible, including operating expenses to maintain transit services as well as payment for administrative leave for transit personnel due to reduced operations during an emergency.

“MoDOT will work closely with rural public transit providers to implement this critical funding. I want to thank my staff for reacting so quickly when the grant availability was announced,” MoDOT Director Patrick McKenna said. “The grant application clearly painted a picture of Missouri’s rural transit challenges as a result of the coronavirus, and we are grateful to receive this vital aid.”

 




April 14, 2020

 

TWO INJURED IN FRANKLIN COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

Two people from Laquey, MO were injured in an accident that occurred at around 11:35am Monday in Franklin County.  The patrol says that 27 year old Matthew Ice was westbound on I-44 when he suffered a medical emergency, causing his vehicle to travel off the left side of the roadway and strike the concrete median.  Both the driver and his passenger 26 year old Danielle Ice were taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment of minor injuries.

 

LINN COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT CONFIRMS FIRST COVID-19 DEATH IN COUNTY

 

The Linn County Health Department announced the first death of a Linn County resident from COVID-19 Monday.  The department said it would not release any further information about the patient.  The death is one of the now 114 that have occurred in Missouri There are 5 total positive cases in Linn County and 4,388 in Missouri as of Monday afternoon.

 

MEMPHIS WOMAN MISSING IN KANSAS CITY

 

A mentally disabled woman from northeast Missouri is missing in Kansas City, Missouri.

Alicia Miller Dugger, 32, of Memphis, was last seen Friday on Independence Avenue in Kansas City.

Memphis Police Chief Bill Holland told KTVO on Monday that Dugger had gone to Kansas City with a male friend from Memphis.

The two reportedly got separated after getting into an argument.

Dugger's brother, Ty Sizemore, of Memphis, said his sister's cell phone was stolen, and she has no personal belongings with her.

Dugger is 5'6" tall, weighs 160 pounds with dark brown hair and hazel eyes.

Anyone with information about her whereabouts is asked to call the Memphis Police Department at (660) 465-2106 or the Kansas City Police Department at (816) 234-5000.

 




April 13, 2020

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR ORDERS PUBLIC SCHOOLS CLOSED FOR REMAINDER OF SCHOOL YEAR

 

Missouri Governor Mike Parson has ordered all Missouri public and charter schools remain closed through the remainder of the academic year.

Exceptions have been made for nutrition services and child care, outlined in the recent Missouri health order.

The recommendation was made by working with the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and several school superintendents from across the state, from both rural and urban school districts.

Parson says schools should continue remote learning for students until the end date previously set on the academic calendar.

 

MAN INJURED IN WARREN COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

An O’Fallon man was injured in an accident that occurred at around 4:45pm Sunday in Warren County.  28 year old Wesley Vaughan was eastbound on I-70 when his truck suffered a mechanical issue, which caused it to swerve suddenly and strike the concrete median barrier.  He was transported by ambulance to Progress West Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

WOMAN HURT IN SUNDAY MORNING WRECK

 

A Fenton woman was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Sunday morning in Jefferson County.  69 year old Nancy Puckett was on Saline Road when her car traveled off the roadway, struck a sign and a tree.  She sustained minor injuries and was taken to Mercy Hospital South for treatment.

 

 




Weekend Report- April 11-12, 2020

 

WOMAN INJURED IN ST. CHARLES COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A woman from Bloomington, IL was injured in an accident that occurred at around 5:45pm Saturday in St. Charles County.  The patrol says that 36 year old Jessica Deakle was a passenger in a car driven by 31 year old Garth Meyers of Bloomington, IL.  They were on US 61 when he lost control and it traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck several trees and overturned.  She was transported by ambulance to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

MAN HURT IN FRIDAY AFTERNOON WRECK

 

A Creve Coeur man was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Friday afternoon in St. Louis County.  27 year old Zachary Guerrero was westbound on I-70 when his vehicle ran off the left side of the road, struck the median wall and then traveled off the right side of the roadway.  He sustained moderate injuries and was taken to SSM Health DePaul Hospital for treatment.

 




April 10, 2020

 

MAN ARRESTED AFTER INTERSTATE SHOOTING IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY

 

At around 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday April 7 members of the Missouri State Highway Patrol and deputies with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office responded to the report of a shooting on eastbound Interstate 70, near the 175-mile marker, in Montgomery County.

A preliminary investigation indicated the driver of a passenger car had fired shots from a moving vehicle, striking and disabling another vehicle, which was also traveling eastbound. After the shooting, the victim’s vehicle came to rest in the median near the 175-mile marker.  The victim’s vehicle was occupied by three people; no injuries were reported. Troopers learned that after the victim’s vehicle came to a stop, two tractor-trailer drivers parked their trucks around the van to shield it from additional gun fire.  The suspect in the passenger car fled the area, ultimately traveling westbound on Interstate 70.  A short time later, troopers located the suspect’s vehicle near the intersection of U.S. 63 and Interstate 70, in Boone County, Missouri. The driver and sole occupant, Chad Michael Kennedy, 28, Boonville, was taken into custody and transported to the Montgomery County Jail.  On the afternoon of April 8 Kennedy was formally charged in Montgomery County Circuit Court with three counts of assault first degree, one count of armed criminal action and six counts of unlawful use of a weapon.  The court denied Kennedy bond.  The investigation is being conducted by members of the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control and deputies with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department.

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

On Tuesday at approximately 3:21PM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 4400 block of Rivers Drive in reference to a grass fire.  Responding personnel found part of a yard and the bottom portion of a wooden privacy fence burning.  The fire was extinguished and there was no damage to any other property.  It was determined that the resident was cutting the grass when dead leaves accumulating around the lawnmower, became too hot and began burning.  There were no injuries from the incident.

 

 




April 9, 2020

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY ROUTE JJ NOW OPEN AT PRICES BRANCH

 

Montgomery County Route JJ is now open at Price’s Branch, located one mile west of Montgomery County Route E near Bellflower.

The bridge at that location was closed Jan. 3, 2019, when significant deterioration was discovered during a routine inspection, and construction on the new bridge began Nov. 12. 

“The new bridge is 24 feet wide, which is four feet wider than the old one,” said MoDOT Area Engineer Erik Maninga.  

E & C Bridge, LLC, of California, Missouri, completed the project for just over half a million dollars.

This bridge is included in Gov. Mike Parson’s $351 million Focus on Bridges program, which will repair or replace 250 bridges across the state.

 

MISSOURI SENATE BACKS FUNDING BILL TO FIGHT VIRUS

 

Missouri senators have voted to give Republican Gov. Mike Parson sweeping authority to spend billions of dollars in federal stimulus money as the state fights the coronavirus pandemic.

Senators on Wednesday approved the use of federal funding for medical supplies, local governments, nursing homes and other aid.

The House is expected to give the bill final passage later Wednesday.

Parson's administration asked for the authority to spend roughly $4.8 billion in federal dollars in response to the pandemic, but at least $1.8 billion of that hasn't been promised by Congress.

Lawmakers are taking social distancing precautions as they conduct business.

 

THREE CORRECTIONS OFFICERS ASSAULTED DURING DISTURBANCE AT MOBERLY CORRECTIONAL CENTER

 

The Missouri Department of Corrections said three corrections officers were assaulted Monday night at the Moberly Correctional Center.

Communications Director Karen Pojmann said Wednesday that there was a disturbance inside one of the facility's housing units.

Three officers were assaulted. Pojmann said two offenders instigated the incident, and four other inmates became involved.

No one required outside medical attention. The Corrections Emergency Response Team was activated, but officers on site had already regained control of the situation before they arrived.

 

 

 




April 8, 2020

 

COLUMBIA FIRE DEPARTMENT RESPONDS TO STRUCTURE FIRE

 

The Columbia Fire Department was dispatched to a residential structure fire at 903 Jefferson Street at 12:43pm on Tuesday. The first unit arrived less than four minutes later and observed smoke coming from the roof.  Fire crews deployed a pre-connected hose line and ground ladders.  Further investigation revealed a small fire in the attic space above the living room. The fire was quickly extinguished and the event brought under control in approximately fifteen minutes. Assistant Fire Marshal Kyle Edwards was dispatched to perform a fire origin and cause investigation.  He determined the fire originated in the attic space above the living room. The cause was faulty wiring. Damage is estimated at $10,000. No injuries were reported.

 

LAWMAKERS ATTEMPT TO RETURN TO CAPITOL FOR VIRUS FUNDING BILL

 

Missouri lawmakers are taking extraordinary steps to return to the usually crowded state Capitol on Tuesday to pass an emergency coronavirus funding bill.

The Capitol has been closed to everyone except essential staff since March 24.

But lawmaker approval is needed for Gov. Mike Parson to spend what could amount to billions of dollars in federal funding for medical supplies, local governments, schools and other aid. A spokesman says the House aims to have fewer than 10 people in the chamber at any one time and for the 163-member chamber to vote one at a time.

 




April 7, 2020

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE ROCKS THROWN INTO POLICE DEPARTMENT WINDOW

 

The Columbia Police Department said Monday officers are looking for a person suspected of throwing rocks into the police department's building on Walnut Street in downtown Columbia.

The Columbia Police Department said Monday morning it's looking for a person suspected of throwing a rock through a window at the police station. A Facebook post from the police department said the person threw at least two rocks at the police department building on Walnut Street. Police said the first rock broke a window and the second caused minor damage to a break room. The post said if residents have any information about the person's identity they are asked to call the police department.

 

$13.6 MILLION IN CDBG FUNDS ANNOUNCED FOR MISSOURI COVID-19 RESPONSE EFFORTS

 

The Missouri Department of Economic Development has announced that it will receive $13.6 million in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) to support Missouri’s COVID-19 response efforts. The CDBG funds are part of over $57.7 million of HUD grants allocated to the State and individual communities. In addition to CDBG, the grants also include $19 million for the Emergency Solutions Grant program and $720,000 for the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS program. The State’s $13.6 million CDBG allocation will be allocated to non-entitlement areas across the state which include incorporated municipalities under 50,000 and counties under 200,000 in population. The Department will act swiftly to partner with non-entitlement communities and partner agencies to award these CDBG funds for COVID-19 response initiatives. Projects could include, but are not limited to, repurposing buildings into patient treatment centers, providing critical supplies such as ventilators and personal protective equipment, supporting businesses that manufacture medical supplies, and training health care workers for the frontlines of COVID-19 response.

 




April 6, 2020

 

WOMAN INJURED IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A High Hill woman was injured in an accident that occurred at 8:15pm Sunday in Montgomery County.  38 year old Amanda Stochl was on Red Oak Road when her vehicle traveled off the roadway, she overcorrected, causing it to strike a tree.  She was transported by ambulance to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

MISSOURI COVID-19 CASES ABOVE 2,000

 

Confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus continue to climb in Missouri.

Patient deaths to the COVID-19 coronavirus disease increased by 10 in Missouri over the span of 24 hours the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services reported Sunday afternoon. The total number of statewide COVID-19 Cases hit 2,367 Sunday, with 76 new cases.

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR PARSON ISSUES STATEWIDE STAY HOME ORDER

 

Missouri Governor Mike Parson issued a statewide Stay Home Missouri Order to help combat COVID-19 on Friday.

The order took effect at 12:01 a.m. on Monday April 6 and runs until 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 24.

Missouri has at least one positive case in 76 of Missouri's 114 counties. Over half of the total positive cases are in the St. Louis region.

Governor Parson said his order includes specific guidance for staying home, social distancing, businesses and employees, schools, restaurants, firearm sales and state government buildings.

The order does not prohibit Missourians from accessing essential services, such as grocery stores, gas stations, banks, or engaging in outdoor recreation, provided that necessary precautions are taken and maintained to reduce the transmission of COVID-19, including observing the social gathering and social distancing requirements set forth in the order.

Among other guidelines, the order requires the following:

  • Individuals currently residing within the state of Missouri shall avoid leaving their homes or places of residence
  • All individuals in the state of Missouri shall avoid social gatheirngs of more than 10 people
  • All public and charter schools must remain closed for the duration of the order
  • Any entity that does not employ individuals to perform essential worker functions, as set forth in guidance provided by the federal government, shall adhere to the limitations on social gatherings and social distancing
  • Any entity that employs individuals to perform essential worker functions, and that is engaged in retail sales to the public, shall limit the number of individuals in any particular retail location as follows: 25% or less of the entity's authorized fire or building code occupancy, as set by local authorities, for a retail location with square footage of less than 10,000 square feet OR 10% or less of the entity's authorized fire or building code occupancy, as set by local authorities, for a retail location with square footage of 10,000 or more.

 




Weekend Report- April 4-5, 2020

 

MAN INJURED IN SATURDAY NIGHT ACCIDENT

 

A New Franklin man was injured in an accident that occurred at 8:15pm Saturday in Howard County.  23 year old Dylan Johnson was on MO 240 when he failed to navigate a curve, causing his car to travel off the left side of the roadway and overturn.  He was taken to Boone Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

WOMAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN FRANKLIN COUNTY INCIDENT

 

A Washington woman was seriously injured in an incident that occurred at 9:55am Saturday in Franklin County.  The patrol says that 88 year old Florence Tenhiolder was crossing the road on Highway YY when she walked into the path of a car driven by 58 year old Cherie Monzyk of New Haven.  She was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis with serious injuries.

 

TWO HURT IN EARLY SATURDAY MORNING WRECK

 

Two people from Louisiana were hurt in a one-vehicle wreck early Saturday morning in Pike County.  19 year old Jonathan Doris was on MO 79 when his vehicle traveled off the right side of the road and overturned.  He suffered minor injuries while his passenger 31 year old Rachel Cotton sustained moderate injuries.  Both were taken to Pike County Memorial Hospital for treatment.

 

  




April 3, 2020

 

SOUTH OUTER ROAD OF I-70 TO CLOSE NEAR NEW FLORENCE ON MONDAY APRIL 13    

 

Weather permitting, Monday, April 13, the west end of the south outer road of Interstate 70 will close at New Florence beginning at Missouri Route 19. It is expected to remain closed for approximately four weeks. The closure is a result of permit work needed for concrete construction of the new Love’s Truck Stop entrance. Message boards will be in place notifying motorists of the upcoming outer road closure. 

 

WITHOUT A STATEWIDE STAY AT HOME ORDER, LOCAL GOVERNMENTS STEP IN

 

Smaller local governments are issuing stay-at-home orders to slow the spread of the coronavirus in Missouri, where the governor hasn't issued a statewide order. 
Such orders took effect more than a week ago in the state's biggest cities, including Kansas City and St. Louis.
  But smaller counties with few or no COVID-19 cases are getting in on the act and telling residents to only leave home for essential reasons, such as to buy groceries or medicine.  Linn County’s order goes into effect on Friday.  Chariton County has one in effect until April 24th Linn County currently has 1 confirmed case, while Chariton County has 4.  Missouri has totaled 1,834 cases as of Thursday afternoon.

 




April 2, 2020

 

COVID-19 CASES CONTINUE TO RISE IN MISSOURI

 

Coronavirus cases in Missouri are rising at an alarming rate, but health experts say it's too soon to know if the state is emerging as one of the next hot spots for the pandemic.

Health officials say Missouri has 1,581 confirmed cases as of Wednesday, a jump of 19.1% from Tuesday. Eighteen deaths are blamed on COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. Missouri's first confirmed case was reported March 7 and its second was March 12. Two weeks ago there were 24 confirmed cases, and 356 just a week ago. Confirmed cases have more than quadrupled since then.

 

CUBA, MISSOURI MAN ACCUSED OF INTENTIONALLY COUGHING ON CUSTOMERS AT DOLLAR STORE

 

A 33-year-old eastern Missouri man is charged with making a terrorist threat after police say he intentionally coughed on customers at a store and wrote COVID on a cooler. 
Crawford County authorities say John Swaller, of Cuba, was arrested and charged Tuesday after a clerk at a Dollar Tree store in Cuba told police he was coughing toward customers and had breathed on a cooler before writing COVID on the inside. 

Cuba Police Chief Doug Shelton says it is unknown if Swaller has the coronavirus. 
The store was closed and sanitized after the incident. 
Online court records do not name an attorney for Swaller

 

5TH ANNUAL HOME RUN AGAINST HUNGER

 

With 947,900 Missourians labeled as “food insecure” according to a Map the Meal Gap 2015 study and a widely growing number due to circumstances surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, Missouri Farm Bureau Insurance recognizes the need to help out hungry families across the state. For the fifth consecutive year, team members are promoting donations from April 1, 2020 to April 30, 2020 to support Feeding Missouri and its many community affiliates as part of the Home Run Against Hunger campaign. There are new ways to give this year. To encourage social distancing, the Missouri Farm Bureau Insurance team asks donors to either text to give or give online with monetary donations. Text MOFB2020 to 44-321 and follow the prompts to utilize this new option. To donate online, visit: feedingmissouri.org/donate/and mention Missouri Farm Bureau in the “Business Name” field on the form. While non-perishable food donations are always great, to ensure safety in our communities, our offices will not serve as drop off locations this year. Instead, food donations should be taken directly to a local food pantry or food bank. In the first week of May, a statewide grand total of donations will be announced. Last year’s efforts garnered over 8 tons of food and nearly $13,000. Please take a moment to give between April 1, 2020 and April 30, 2020 and help us knock hunger out of the park!

 




April 1, 2020

 

COVID-19 CASES IN MISSOURI JUMP BY ALMOST 300

 

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Missouri has jumped by nearly 300, even as calls for a statewide stay-at-home mandate increased. The state health department said Tuesday that 14 people have died and 1,327 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed. That is a 28.7% increase from the 1,031 confirmed cases on Monday.

Gov. Republican Mike Parson has banned gatherings of more than 10 people statewide, but has declined to follow the lead of many states that have required people to stay home. Several health care organizations and Democratic politicians have called for a statewide stay-at-home order.

 

AMEREN MISSOURI PROVIDES PAYMENT OPTIONS FOR CUSTOMERS AFFECTED BY COVID-19

 

Ameren Missouri is continuing to monitor the spread of the COVID-19 virus and have taken steps to continue to provide their services to customers. Ameren Missouri continues to take service calls and work on critical infrastructure projects. While they are out and about, Ameren workers are practicing social distancing, and following the preventative measures advised by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and state and local authorities. Ameren Missouri asks their customers to maintain at least six feet of distance from work areas and stresses that you should still contact them if you have an electrical emergency. The numbers you can reach them at are: 800-552-7583 for residential services and 877-426-3736 for business services. Ameren Missouri is also helping those customers who may face financial hardships during the COVID-19 pandemic. They are reminding their customers that there are many ways to pay your bill. They are also recommending that those customers who are having difficulty paying their bill should contact the Customer Care team or visit the payment assistance page on their website.

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

On Sunday, March 29 at approximately 10:50AM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 1100 block of E Promenade in reference to a man striking a parked vehicle with a baseball bat.  This was apparently part of an ongoing dispute between the man and a resident of that block. Officers located the suspect approximately 15 minutes later in the 600 block of Mars St. James S Smith, age 60 of Mexico, was arrested for Property Damage 1st degree, Driving While Revoked, Driving While Intoxicated-Chronic Offender, and Resisting Arrest. Smith was processed at MPSD and taken to the Audrain County Jail for the offenses.

There were no injuries during the incident.

 

  

 




March 31, 2020

 

SOUTH OUTER ROAD OF I-70 TO CLOSE NEAR NEW FLORENCE NEXT WEEK

 

Weather permitting, Monday, April 6, the west end of the south outer road of Interstate 70 will close at New Florence beginning at Missouri Route 19. It is expected to remain closed for approximately four weeks. The closure is a result of permit work needed for concrete construction of the new Love’s Truck Stop entrance. Message boards will be in place notifying motorists of the upcoming outer road closure. 

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

The Montgomery County Health Department wants to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within our county while enabling essential services to continue. Therefore, currently it is highly recommended that all individuals remain at home as much as possible to help decrease the spread of this infection. This document outlines recommendations of physical distancing for individuals and businesses.

Stay at home or place of residence. All individuals currently living within Montgomery County are encouraged to stay at home or at their place of residence unless for essential activities, or to operate essential businesses and operations.

If individuals are using shared or outdoor spaces at their place of residence, it is recommended to adhere to physical distancing as much as possible.

Individuals experiencing homelessness are highly encouraged to obtain shelter. Those individuals whose residence is unsafe or becomes unsafe, such as victims of domestic violence, are urged to leave their home and stay at a safe alternative location.

Non-essential business and operations are highly recommended to close in Montgomery County. All businesses and operations within Montgomery County institute appropriate health and safety protections including social distance techniques (e.g., requiring people to be at least six (6) feet apart; reducing the number of employees, customers, or other people present; reducing face-to-face contact; using phone calls, virtual meetings, and drop-offs, curbside pick-ups rather than in-person contact). Non-essential business includes but are not limited to:

a. Golf Courses,

b. Barbers and Barber Establishments,

c. Cosmetologists, Hairdressers, Manicurists,

d. Gymnasiums,

e. Exercise Studios and Fitness Studios where specific gym equipment and other various types of classes are offered for people of all ages and abilities,

f. Massage Therapists and Massage Businesses

 

Know the sign and symptoms of COVID-19 and what to do if staff become symptomatic at the worksite. Encourage employees to stay home and notify the workplace administrators when sick.  

 

Implement physical distancing measures, that are not limited to but include increasing physical space between workers, staggering work schedule, and decreasing social contacts in the workplace.

Increase personal protective measures by ensuring hand hygiene supplies are available. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at least twice a day.  

 

All restaurants and retail food establishments that normally prepare food for on-site consumption are to only conduct pickup, drive-through or delivery services.

To the greatest extent feasible, all non-essential and essential businesses and operations should exercise physical distancing as much as possible. If open to the public, they should limit the number of people in their facility (including staff) to less than 10 and maintain social distancing of 6 feet apart.  

 




March 30, 2020

 

STATE OF MISSOURI DISASTER REQUEST APPROVED. GOVERNOR MOBILIZES NATIONAL GUARD

The state of Missouri had its federal disaster request approved Friday. The approval will allow the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Public Assistance Program to be used to reimburse local governments, nonprofit organizations and the state for emergency protective measures.
In addition, Governor Parson has called for the mobilization of the state's National Guard.
Parson said the decision to mobilize the guard was made after meeting with officials in the state Department of Public Safety, Department of Health and Senior Services and the State Emergency Management Agency.
Parson said the Missouri National Guard is preparing to conduct several potential missions including, but not limited to, the following:
Assisting in the set up and operation of community based testing sites
Providing intrastate transportation of personnel and equipment for medical or testing support
Providing logistical support to local and state responders as needed
Continued assessment, facilitation, and construction of temporary medical or other facilities
The executive order mobilizing the Missouri National Guard will expire on May 15, unless Governor Parson chooses to extend it.

 

MOBERLY WOMAN TESTS POSITIVE FOR VIRUS AFTER SEEING CANCER DOCTOR

 

Our friends at KTVO have now confirmed that a woman in Randolph County who tested positive for COVID-19 was exposed to her cancer doctor, who tested positive just days after treating the woman.
The patient, Debbie Young, 62, of Moberly said Friday that she had seen her oncologist at Missouri Cancer Associates in Columbia on Wednesday, March 18.
The doctor learned that following Saturday that he had tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
Young said she got tested Monday after learning that her cancer doctor had tested positive. On Sunday, she had started experiencing a cough and a fever. Her positive test result came back Monday night.
Young told me she still has a cough and a low-grade fever that comes and goes.
She said her infected doctor was not wearing latex gloves when he examined her. Young said the physician had on a medical face mask when he came into the exam room, but he took it off and told her he was wearing it because he had been to Boston, when, in fact, he had been out of the country.
The same doctor sees patients at George Ray Cancer Center in Kirksville.
Patients at the Kirksville clinic who were exposed to the infected doctor on Thursday, March 19 are being monitored by the Adair County Health Department.
Administrator Jim LeBaron previously said that the infected doctor had recently returned to central Missouri after making a trip to Africa.

 

 

 




Weekend Report- March 28-29, 2020

 

MAN INJURED IN COLE COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A Jefferson City man was injured in an accident that occurred at 2:30pm Friday in Cole County.  59 year old Melvin Wolfe was riding his moped on Schott Road when it skidded on loose gravel and overturned.  He was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

DRIVER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN EARLY SUNDAY MORNING WRECK

 

A driver was seriously injured in a one-vehicle wreck early Sunday morning in Franklin County.  27 year old Wade Gildehaus of Gerald, MO was on Highway VV when his truck traveled off the left side of the roadway, struck a sign, a ditch, a driveway and overturned.  He was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Washington with serious injuries.

 

GIRL SERIOUSLY INJURED IN RTV CRASH

 

A 14 year old girl from Marthasville was seriously injured in an RTV crash Saturday afternoon in Warren County.  The patrol says that the girl was riding it on Concord View Road when she failed to negotiate a curve to the right causing it to travel off the left side of the road and strike a culvert.  She was taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington with serious injuries.

 

 




March 27, 2020

 

COVID-19 CASES GROW ABOVE 500 IN MISSOURI

 

Missouri health officials say the state has 502 confirmed cases of the coronavirus as of Wednesday..

Eight people have died, including a 31-year-old Red Cross employee who was buried Tuesday in St. Louis as her family watched from their cars.

Gov. Mike Parson on Wednesday took several steps in response to the spread of the virus, including asking for a federal disaster declaration that would allow the state to receive federal assistance to help the unemployed and to remove biohazardous materials.

The governor also shifted another $11 million from state funds to buy more personal protective equipment.

 

FBI RELEASES STATEMENT ON POTENTIAL SCAMS

 

The following statement was released by the FBI regarding potential scammers trying to capitalize on COVID-19:

Scammers are leveraging the COVID-19 pandemic to steal your money, your personal information, or both. Don’t let them. Protect yourself and do your research before clicking on links purporting to provide information on the virus; donating to a charity online or through social media; contributing to a crowdfunding campaign; purchasing products online; or giving up your personal information in order to receive money or other benefits. The FBI advises you to be on the lookout for the following:

Fake CDC Emails. Watch out for emails claiming to be from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or other organizations claiming to offer information on the virus. Do not click links or open attachments you do not recognize. Fraudsters can use links in emails to deliver malware to your computer to steal personal information or to lock your computer and demand payment. Be wary of websites and apps claiming to track COVID-19 cases worldwide. Criminals are using malicious websites to infect and lock devices until payment is received.

Phishing Emails. Look out for phishing emails asking you to verify your personal information in order to receive an economic stimulus check from the government. While talk of economic stimulus checks has been in the news cycle, government agencies are not sending unsolicited emails seeking your private information in order to send you money. Phishing emails may also claim to be related to:

Charitable contributions

General financial relief

Airline carrier refunds

Fake cures and vaccines

Fake testing kits

Counterfeit Treatments or Equipment. Be cautious of anyone selling products that claim to prevent, treat, diagnose, or cure COVID-19. Be alert to counterfeit products such as sanitizing products and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including N95 respirator masks, goggles, full face shields, protective gowns, and gloves. More information on unapproved or counterfeit PPE can be found at www.cdc.gov/niosh. You can also find information on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website, www.fda.gov, and the Environmental Protection Agency website, www.epa.gov. Report counterfeit products at www.ic3.gov and to the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center at iprcenter.gov.

If you are looking for accurate and up-to-date information on COVID-19, the CDC has posted extensive guidance and information that is updated frequently. The best sources for authoritative information on COVID-19 are www.cdc.gov and www.coronavirus.gov. You may also consult your primary care physician for guidance.

The FBI is reminding you to always use good cyber hygiene and security measures. By remembering the following tips, you can protect yourself and help stop criminal activity:

Do not open attachments or click links within emails from senders you don’t recognize.

Do not provide your username, password, date of birth, social security number, financial data, or other personal information in response to an email or robocall.

Always verify the web address of legitimate websites and manually type them into your browser. Check for misspellings or wrong domains within a link (for example, an address that should end in a “.gov” ends in “.com” instead).

 

 

 




March 26, 2020

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

On Wednesday at approximately 3:09AM, a Mexico Public Safety officer located an abandoned vehicle in the roadway of the 600 block of Green Boulevard. The vehicle was a black, 1987 Ford Bronco.  It was determined the vehicle had been stolen from the 400 block of S Clark and had apparently stopped working while being driven away.

 

Anyone with information about this or any other crime is asked to contact CRIMESTOPPERS at (800) 392-TIPS or (800) 392-8477 or contact Mexico Public Safety at (573) 473-5800 or (573) 581-2100.

 

KIRKSVILLE MAN CHARGED WITH RAPE OF 12 YEAR OLD GIRL

 

A northeast Missouri man is accused of raping a 12-year-old Kirksville girl.

Anthony Sanders, 22, of Kirksville, is charged with first-degree statutory rape and enticement of a child, both felonies.

Police said the incident happened in the early morning hours of March 17.

According to court documents, Sanders and the girl went for a ride in his car to Steer Creek Way outside Kirksville.

Investigators said the two parked on a dead-end road, and Sanders forced himself on the girl and raped her.

Police seized the alleged victim's electronic tablet as evidence because they say it contained sexually explicit messages from Sanders to the girl.

Sanders is being held in the Adair County Law Enforcement Center. As of early Wednesday afternoon, bond had not yet been set.

 

MACON COUNTY CONFIRMS FIRST CASE OF COVID-19

 

The Macon County Health Department has confirmed the first positive case of COVID-19 in Macon County. The person is in self-quarantine and those with close contact are also in self-quarantine.

The department is not releasing more information about the person to protect their privacy. Healthcare and public health are working together to contain the spread of this virus, in a manner to protect the health of the community and the safety of our healthcare providers. They are communicating with local agencies as well as the Department of Health and Senior Services to maintain current situational awareness on COVID-19.

 

 




March 25, 2020

 

ASHLAND MAN ARRESTED AFTER THREATENING TO GIVE CLERKS CORONAVIRUS

 

Authorities say a 26-year-old central Missouri man is jailed after he threatened to give two store clerks COVID-19 by coughing on them. 
Anthony Nunes, of Ashland, is charged with two counts of first-degree harassment. 
The Jefferson City-News Tribune reports Nunes was coughing and told clerks in two stores that he had the virus. 
One incident was reported Friday and the other on Saturday. He was being held Monday in the Cole County jail on $5,000 bond. 
Sheriff John Wheeler says officers routinely take the temperature of incoming inmates and as of Monday, Nunes did not have a fever.

 

COLUMBIA ENACTS STAY AT HOME ORDER

 

On Tuesday, March 24, Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services Director Stephanie Browning signed a Stay at Home Order (Order 2020-03) related to the coronavirus (COVID-19).
The order was announced at a press conference with Columbia Mayor Brian Treece, Boone County Presiding Commissioner Dan Atwill, Browning and Columbia Chamber of Commerce President Matt McCormick on Tuesday at 10 a.m.
The order is effective beginning 8 a.m. Wednesday, March 25, 2020, and will continue to be in effect until 8 a.m. on April 24, 2020 or until it is extended, rescinded, superseded or amended. The order’s intent is to ensure that the maximum number of people stay at home to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) while enabling essential services to continue.
There are exemptions in the order related to essential activities, such as obtaining necessary supplies and services, activities related to health and safety, and more. All business and operations, except essential business and operations (as defined in the order), must cease.
Restaurants and retail food establishments may provide pick-up, drive-thru or delivery service.
As outlined in a previous order, all public and private gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited, unless exempt by the terms in the order. All playgrounds will be closed to reduce the potential spread however, public outdoor recreation areas remain open.
Please read the order for all definitions and exemptions. The signed City order is attached. A document with answers to anticipated questions is at como.gov

 




March 24, 2020

 

COLUMBIA POLICE CRISIS NEGOTIATION TEAM SUCCESSFULLY BRINGS SUBJECT TO SAFETY

 

At approximately 9:27 a.m. on Monday Columbia Police responded to a call of a female, 42 years of age, who was standing and sitting on the safety railing at the top of the Fifth and Walnut Street parking garage. Boone County Joint Communications advised officers that the subject was on the east side of the garage.

Members of the Crisis Negotiation Team were sent to the top of the garage to make contact with the subject. By approximately 11:02 a.m., members of the CNT were able to successfully bring the subject down to safety. 

During the negotiations, access to Sixth and Walnut Street as well as parts of Fifth Street was closed off to traffic. Columbia Police appreciate the patience and cooperation of the public during this incident. 

At this time, there are no additional details to provide. Anyone with information relating to this matter is asked to contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

COLUMBIA WOMAN INJURED IN SUNDAY MORNING ACCIDENT

 

A Columbia woman is injured after an accident on Route HH Sunday morning.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a vehicle driven by 58 year old Mark Hershbarger of Columbia was stopped at a stop sign at the intersection of Route HH and Brown Station Road at around 9:20 a.m. When he started into the intersection he struck a vehicle driven by 37 year old Terry Thomas of Columbia Thomas’ passenger, 37 year old Luci-Lei Thomas was taken by ambulance to Boone Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries. Neither of the drivers was injured.

 

SCHUYLER COUNTY ISSUES STATE OF EMERGENCY

 

Officials in Schuyler County, Missouri, have issued a State of Emergency as of Monday, March 23, 2020. Following discussion and recommendations from the Schuyler County Health Department, the county commissioners are putting in place some rules and regulations for the county offices only at the Schuyler County Courthouse.

Effective immediately, only one worker per office will be allowed for all county (not state) offices in the Schuyler County Courthouse until at least the end of business day on April 6, 2020, and no public access to the county offices, with re-evaluation closer to April 6, 2020. The commissioners are allowing individual offices to work from home if applicable and to conduct all business by mail, email and/or phone and fax. The commissioners will not be holding any public meetings until at least April 7, 2020.
All citizens are asked to comply with necessary emergency measures, cooperate with public officials and comply with lawful directions of identified public offices.

 




March 23, 2020

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR PARSON ORDERS STATEWIDE SOCIAL DISTANCING

 

Missouri Governor Mike Parson has ordered statewide social distancing according to a release on Saturday to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Some of the requirements in the order include:

  • Avoiding gatherings of more than 10 people
  • Restaurants are not to seat any dine-in customers
  • Nursing homes, long term care facilites, retirement homes, and assisted living communities may not admit any visitors other than those that provide critical assistance
  • All Missouri schools are closed until further notice

The order does make exceptions for grocery stores, gas stations, parks and banks provided that precautions are taken to reduce transmission of the virus including keeping customers at least six feet away from each other. The order went into effect at midnight Sunday.

 

ADAIR COUNTY HEALTH OFFICIALS REPORT FIRST COVID-19 CASE IN THE COUNTY

 

The Adair County Health Department reported the first confirmed case of Coronavirus COVID-19 in the county Saturday. The positive case is travel related.

The patient was in Chicago and first had exposure, then traveled to Kirksville by car. While traveling, the patient developed symptoms and immediately upon returning to Kirksville went under self-quarantine.

Health officials are working with the person to ensure compliance with Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines with regard to isolation and in identifying close contacts with other individuals to monitor them for symptoms. The Adair County Health Department is also working with Complete Family Medicine which is providing medical oversight for this patient.

The Adair County Health Department upon a review of the facts believes the risk of community spread from this positive test result is minimal, but we must work together, practice social distancing, and work to avoid spread within the community. If you have questions about COVID-19, please remember to refer to updated CDC guidelines.

Jim LeBaron, administrator of the Adair County Health Department, advises that residents continue to take the following measures to reduce transmission of the disease:

  • If you feel sick, stay at home and call your doctor. Do not go to work. Do not go anywhere. If you are having difficulty breathing and/or chest pain, call 911.
  • If your children are sick, keep them home and call their doctor.
  • If you are an older person, stay home and away from other people.
  • If you are a person with a serious underlying health condition that can put you at increased risk (for example, a condition that impairs your lung or heart function or weakens your immune system), stay home and away from other people.
  • Work or engage in schooling from home whenever possible. If you have to go to work, ask your employer about taking steps to protect your health, including taking temperatures of employees and putting more space between them.
  • Avoid travel, shopping trips, and social visits unless they’re absolutely necessary.
  • Practice good hygiene by washing your hands, especially after touching any frequently used item or surface. Avoid touching your face. Sneeze or cough into a tissue or the inside of your elbow. Disinfect frequently used items and surfaces often.

 




Weekend Report- March 21-22, 2020

 

MAN INJURED IN MONTGOMERY COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A Montgomery City man was injured in an accident that occurred at 8:40pm Saturday in Montgomery County.  The patrol says that 21 year old Timothy Proffitt was on Boonslick Road when he swerved to avoid hitting an abandoned vehicle, causing his car to overturn and travel off the roadway.  He was transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

DRIVER HURT IN FRIDAY AFTERNOON WRECK

 

A driver was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Friday afternoon in Cole County.  67 year old Richard Mollahan of Rochester, IL was on US 54 when he fell asleep at the wheel, causing his truck to run off the right side of the road and strike several trees.  He sustained moderate injuries and was taken to University Hospital for treatment.

 

MAN HURT IN FRIDAY MORNING CRASH

 

A De Soto man was hurt in a Friday morning crash in Jefferson County.  66 year old Harley Hedley was on Highway V when his truck traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck a curve sign and then some trees.  He was taken to Mercy Hospital South for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

  




March 20, 2020

 

MISSOURI GOVERNOR PARSON REPORTS FIRST CORONAVIRUS DEATH IN STATE

 

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson says the first reported coronavirus death in the state has occurred in Boone County. Parson did not provide further details on the patient during a Wednesday press conference with reporters. Columbia Mayor Brian Treece said the case was travel-related. Concerns about the coronavirus have prompted Missouri's governor to push back local elections for two months, forced the closure of one of the state's most iconic landmarks and led St. Louis' mayor to warn about possible community spread. 24 cases have now been confirmed in Missouri.

 

GEOTECHNICAL TESTS WILL OCCASIONALLY CLOSE LANES ON I-70

 

Motorists traveling along Interstate 70 will see some activity at the Missouri River Bridge near Rocheport over the next several weeks. As part of preparations for the construction of the new bridge, contractors for the Missouri Department of Transportation will be gathering geo-technical data and survey information. The tests, which involve drilling holes beneath the surface, will provide valuable information about the area’s rock and soil stability.

This process will require occasional lane closures while work takes place along the roadway and in the median. A single lane of westbound Interstate 70 will be closed at various locations on or near the bridge Tuesday, March 24 through Friday, March 27 between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Signs will be in place to alert motorists to the closures. Drivers are asked to slow down, pay attention and use caution through the work zone for the protection of themselves, other drivers and crews working along the road.

While no exact timeline has been established for the new bridge, construction is expected to begin in 2022. Work is weather permitting and could be delayed.

 

 




March 19, 2020

 

COLUMBIA OFFICIALS ANNOUNCE FIRST CORONAVIRUS CASE IN BOONE COUNTY

 

At a press conference on Tuesday, March 17, officials from City of Columbia, Boone County and MU Health Care announced the first positive case of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Boone County. The individual, who is in their sixties and recently traveled outside of the United States, is self-isolated in their home and is modeling good behavior since the onset of symptoms.
Staff members from Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services (PHHS) have been in contact with the patient and identified people who have had close contacts with the patient. Staff members will continue to follow-up with those persons. PHHS provided guidance and recommendations to keep the patient isolated and will continue to monitor the patient through the full period of isolation. The patient will be on home isolation until symptom free and two negative tests that are 24 hours apart.
As a result of the positive case, PHHS Director Stephanie Browning signed an order (Order 2020-01) related to gatherings to reduce the potential of disease spread between individuals.
At this time, the order limits public gatherings to no more than 50 people. The limit is 50 percent of their normal capacity or 50 people, whichever is less, including staff. This includes restaurants, retail food facilities, entertainment venues, and gym and fitness facilities. There is also a limit on gathering or events with persons at highest risk to 10 people. 
This does not include cafeterias, commissaries, restaurants located within hospitals, nursing homes or similar facilities, adult detention facilities and juvenile justice facilities, grocery stores, farmers markets, pharmacies, food banks or crisis shelters.  
PHHS asks that all community members practice social distancing as much as possible. An effective community response is an all community response. Browning emphasis that we all have a role in protecting ourselves and our community. Some of best things that each one of us can do include:


·         Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. 

 

·         Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

 

·         Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

 

·         Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

 

·         Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

 

·         Stay home when you are sick.

 

NEMO MAN ARRESTED AFTER POLICE CHASE IN LEWIS COUNTY

 

A northern Missouri man is behind bars following a police chase that ended with a drug bust. On Friday, while on patrol in the Williamstown area, a Lewis County sheriff's deputy observed a vehicle without license plates on Highway E, and began following the vehicle. The driver attempted to evade the deputy by traveling on a county road. The deputy observed the passenger, later identified as Douglas Howes, 48, of Hannibal, Missouri, throw something out the window. After stopping the vehicle, the deputy found drug paraphernalia and a baggie containing methamphetamine along the gravel road. Howes was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, namely methamphetamine, and taken to the Lewis County Jail. Howes is a convicted felon who has been in jail for possession of a controlled substance, receiving stolen property, and manufacture of controlled substances. He remains at the Lewis County Jail on a no bond warrant.

 

 

 

 




March 18, 2020

 

GOV. PARSON ANNOUNCES APRIL 7 MUNICIPAL ELLECTIONS POSTPONED UNTIL JUNE 2 IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19

 

Pursuant to Governor Mike Parson’s Executive Order 20-02 declaring a state of emergency in response to COVID-19 and a request from Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft, Governor Parson on Wednesday signed Executive Order 20-03 ordering all Missouri municipal elections previously scheduled for April 7 to be postponed to June 2.

The Executive Order declares that ballots already printed for the April 7 election may be used at the postponed date of June 2. Voters who have attained the age of 18 by April 7 will be allowed to cast a ballot. 

“Given the growing concern surrounding COVID-19 and the large number of people elections attract, postponing Missouri’s municipal elections is a necessary step to help combat the spread of the virus and protect the health and safety of Missouri voters,” Governor Parson said. “Postponing an election is not easy, but we are all in this together. We are thankful to Secretary Ashcroft and our 116 election authorities for their leadership, cooperation, and commitment to doing what is best for their communities during this time.”

“I deeply appreciate Governor Parson’s quick approval and am thankful to the local election authorities – your county clerks and boards of election – who have worked through developing health concerns to find a unified and secure means of implementing our next election,” Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft said. “Missouri has 116 separate election authorities, almost all who are elected in their own right, and we have come together to help protect Missouri voters. These are difficult times, but I am grateful for how we have responded, worked together and come to a resolution that helps every single Missouri voter.”

 

COLUMBIA CITY COUNCIL PASSES RESOLUTION SUPPORTING STATE OF EMERGENCY DECLARATION

 

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Columbia City Council unanimously passed a resolution at their regular meeting on Monday, March 16, supporting the declaration of a state of emergency within the city. The resolution includes calling for proactive measures to protect the public health, safety and welfare; expressing support for and calling upon City Manager John Glascock and Public Health and Human Services Director Stephanie Browning to enact regulations to protect the public health, safety and welfare.
The resolution passed by Council gives Glascock and Browning the support to implement various measures to protect the public health, safety and welfare of the community but the potential measures listed in the resolution have not been enacted at the time of this release. Following the passage of the resolution, Glascock signed the formal declaration of emergency. 
At this time, no private entities are being required to close, but social distancing is highly encouraged. In the coming days and weeks, Glascock and Browning will methodically determine what rules and regulations will apply during this ever-changing situation. The goal is to keep the COVID-19 virus from rapid spread within our community.  When a rule goes into effect it will be in writing and issued by either Glascock or Browning.
While there are no confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Boone County at the time of this release, local leaders are preparing in the event that there is a local confirmed case. Glascock and Browning will continue their consistent communication with other City department directors, local leaders, residents and businesses to ensure the public health, safety and welfare of our community.
The City of Columbia created an enhanced information section on CoMo.gov that has information about the coronavirus (COVID-19). Information will be added as it becomes available about potential operation changes and other updates. The site can be found here: 
CoMo.gov/Coronavirus.

 




March 17, 2020

 

CANCELLATIONS DUE TO CORONAVIRUS:

 

The Montgomery City Knights of Columbus-Immaculate Conception Home and School are canceling their remaining fish fries to protect the public from possible exposure to Coronavirus.  

 

The Montgomery County USDA Service Center has decided to cancel the Open House previously scheduled for Thursday.

 

FOUR INJURED, TWO SERIOUSLY, IN MONDAY MORNING ACCIDENT

 

Four people were injured, two seriously, in an accident that occurred on U.S. Highway 63 Monday morning.  According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a vehicle driven by 27 year old Stacie Pope of Maryland Heights, Missouri was northbound on U.S. 63 two miles south of Moberly at around 10:24 Monday morning.  At that time a vehicle driven by 80 year old Kenneth Huntsman of Moberly was attempting to cross the highway from County Road 2715.  Pope’s vehicle struck Huntsman’s in the driver’s side. Pope and her passenger, 29 year old Gorbachez Foreman of St. Louis, were taken by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of serious injuries.  Huntsman and his passenger, 71 year old Donna Huntsman of Moberly, were taken by ambulance to Moberly Regional Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries.

 

MAN HURT IN CALLAWAY COUNTY WRECK

 

A Fulton man was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Monday afternoon in Callaway County.  26 year old Cameron McKinney was on County Road 437 when he lost control of his homemade vehicle while navigating a curve, slid off the right side of the road and struck a tree.  He was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of minor injuries.

 

 




March 16, 2020

 

MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN WARREN COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A Wright City man was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at around 3:45pm Sunday in Warren County.  34 year old Mark Snyder was on Route T when an unknown vehicle traveled into his lane, he attempted to avoid a collision and his car traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck a tree.  He was transported by ambulance to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis with serious injuries.

 

WOMAN INJURED IN SATURDAY NIGHT WRECK

 

A New Haven woman was injured in a one-vehicle wreck Saturday night in Franklin County.  41 year old Dorothy Sharpe was on Route E when her vehicle ran off the right side of the road, struck a driveway and overturned.  She was taken to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

DRIVER HURT IN EARLY MONDAY MORNING CRASH

 

A St. Charles driver was hurt in an early Monday morning crash in Callaway County.  The patrol says that 30 year old Tasha Lawson was westbound on I-70 when her truck went off the left side of the roadway, striking the median cables, then went off the right side of the road, hit an embankment and overturned.  She sustained moderate injuries and was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment.

 




March 13, 2020

 

KANSAS CITY BANS PUBLIC EVENTS OF MORE THAN 1,000 PEOPLE

 

Kansas City is banning all public events with more than 1,000 people as cancellations mounted around the state because of concerns over the new coronavirus. 
Mayor Quinton Lucas made the announcement Thursday, shortly after organizers cancelled a St. Patrick's Day parade. 
St. Louis and Springfield also canceled their parades. 
Universities also have been calling off classes, while Missouri Senate Majority Leader Caleb Rowden said on Twitter late Wednesday that the chamber was canceling its session next week. 
The German agribusiness giant Bayer AG has reopened a suburban St. Louis campus after an employee who was tested for the new coronavirus found out the results were negative.

 

STATEWIDE SEAT BELT CAMPAIGN ENCOURAGES TEENS TO BUCKLE UP

 

Law enforcement will be out in full force March 15 -31 to help improve teen seat belt use and save lives. Is your seat belt on? Seat Belt Check! Buckle Up! This year’s campaign theme, “Seat Belt Check!” reminds us to hold each other accountable and make a seat belt check before the car starts. Wearing a seat belt is your best defense in a traffic crash so make sure you and everyone in your vehicle are buckled up. Everyone, every trip, every time. “A car crash poses the single greatest threat to injuring or killing our youth, yet only 74% of Missouri’s teens buckle up” said Jon Nelson, MoDOT assistant to the state highway safety and traffic engineer. “We hope through a combination of statewide education and enforcement efforts, we can really drive the message home. Driving or riding without a seat belt is simply not worth the risk of interrupting all there is to enjoy about being a teenager.”

 




March 12, 2020

 

MISSOURI HEALTH OFFICIALS ACTIVATE CORONAVIRUS HOTLINE

 

State health officials activated a new Coronavirus hotline on Wednesday.  The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services says the hotline is being operated by medical professionals and will provide a variety of information 24 hours a day, seven days a week.  You can call the hotline at 877-435-8411. 

 

TRUMAN STATE UNIVERSITY AND MIZZOU SUSPEND IN-PERSON CLASSES

 

Truman State University and the University of Missouri have joined the list of colleges that have suspended in-person classes due to concerns about the coronavirus outbreak.  Truman is on spring break this week and will not conduct in-person classes next week to try to limit potential exposure to the virus.  University offices on the Kirksville campus will remain open, while Pickler Memorial Library, the Student Recreation Center and Pershing Arena will remain closed next week. Students are not to return to campus, but they are reminded that it is not an extension of spring break.  Professors will be in contact with regarding remote classwork for the week.  Truman officials say this is a precautionary measure during a developing situation.  There are no cases of the virus on the Truman Campus and the general student population is not among the known high-risk groups. 

The University of Missouri has cancelled in-person classes for the rest of this week and the university has asked its faculty to plan to teach remotely next week.  The Mizzou campus will then go on spring break the following week, returning to campus on March 30th.  All non-essential university events have been cancelled through March 29th as well.  Mizzou officials also stress that there have been no cases of the virus on campus, although some students and faculty were told to stay home after attending a journalism conference in New Orleans where an infected person was also participating. 

Lincoln University in Jefferson City has extended its spring break for another week in response to coronavirus concerns.  Lincoln students will return to class on March 23rd

As of Wednesday night, Missouri still had just one confirmed case of the virus, a St. Louis County woman who recently returned from a trip to Italy

 




March 11, 2020

 

MISSOURI MAN CHARGED WITH KILLING CLASSMATE IN 1991 DENIED BOND

 

A 43-year-old Missouri man charged with killing his 14-year-old classmate in 1991 has been denied bond after a prosecutor said people connected to the case might be in danger if he was released. William Christopher Niemet, of Fulton, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Greg Jones, whose body was found in June 1991 near Russellville. He has pleaded not guilty. At a hearing Monday, Niemet's attorney, Curtis Hanrahan, asked that Niemet be given $100,000 bond but a judge rejected that request. Cole County Prosecutor Locke Thompson said some people with ties to the case believed they would be in danger if Niemet was released on bond.

 

TWO NEMO COUNTIES SENT TWO COVID-19 TEST KITS EACH

 

Health officials told KTVO Monday that the U.S. has sent Adair and Scotland counties two COVID-19 test kits for each county. During a meeting in Memphis on Monday, Scotland County Hospital officials said the federal government had supplied them with a total of two test kits for the virus that causes COVID-19. When asked Monday afternoon, health officials at the Adair County Department gave the same count. The test kits enable local governments to test patients suspected of carrying the virus. As of late Monday evening, the coronavirus had claimed the lives of 26 people in the U.S. The Adair County Health Department in Kirksville added that some standard medical laboratory companies are accepting test samples for COVID-19. The tests would be subject to normal billing, making it an out-of-pocket expense for uninsured patients. Your doctor will determine whether or not you need to get a sample taken.

The Adair County Health Department confirmed that no cases of the virus have been detected in the county and that no patients are suspected of carrying it at this time.

 

NEMO MAN ARRESTED IN IOWA FOR TRYING TO STEAL MOTORCYCLE

 

A northeast Missouri man is in trouble with the law in southeast Iowa. The Wayne County Sheriff's Office said Jimmie Holliday, 66, of Unionville, Missouri, was arrested in the early morning hours of Tuesday in Corydon, Iowa. Chief Deputy David Lewis told KTVO Holliday was caught trying to steal a motorcycle from a residence in the 300 block of West North Street. The suspect is now charged with second-degree theft and possession of a controlled substance, which was a prescription sleep aid. Holliday also faces charges of driving while suspended and driving without insurance. He is being held in the Wayne County Jail on $5,000 bond.




March 10, 2020

 

MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN MONDAY NIGHT ACCIDENT

 

A man was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at 9:15pm Monday in Taney County.  The patrol says that 42 year old Jose Colon of Lampe, MO was on MO 86 ½ mile southeast of Hollister when his truck ran off the roadway into a residential building.  He was taken to Cox South Hospital in Springfield with serious injuries.

 

TWO INJURED IN MONDAY AFTERNOON WRECK

 

Two people from St. Louis were injured in a one-vehicle wreck Monday afternoon in St. Louis County.  22 year old Naftali Manuel was eastbound on I-70 and driving too fast for road conditions when he lost control of his car and it traveled off the left side of the road and struck the concrete median barrier.  He sustained moderate injuries while his passenger 21 year old Mykalya Lennox suffered minor injuries.  Both were transported by ambulance to SSM Health DePaul Hospital for treatment.

 

WOMAN HURT AFTER DEER RUNS INTO HER VEHICLE

 

A woman was hurt after a deer incident Monday morning in Callaway County.  The report states that 69 year old Mona James of Buffalo, MO was on US 63 when a deer ran into her vehicle, striking the windshield and causing it to shatter.  She was taken to Capital Regional Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries.

 




March 9, 2020

 

WOMAN INJURED IN JEFFERSON COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A Festus woman was injured in an accident that occurred at 12:30pm Sunday in Jefferson County.  The patrol says that 30 year old Rebecca Waugh was on West Rock Creek Road when she lost control of her vehicle and it overturned.  She was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital South for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

WOMAN KILLED, MAN INJURED IN SUNDAY NIGHT CRASH

 

A woman was killed and a man was injured in a Sunday night crash in Jefferson County.  78 year old Jean Breckle of Cedar Hill was on Highway 30 making a left turn onto Cedar Hill Road when she pulled into the path of a truck driven by 38 year old Ronald Lalk of House Springs and their vehicles collided.  She was pronounced dead at the scene while the man was taken to Mercy Hospital South for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

On Thursday, March 5 at approximately 8:55PM, Audrain County Joint Communications received a call from a person who stated the word “Walmart” then stated the words, “bomb, bomb,” and disconnected.  The Mexico Public Safety Department responded to Walmart and confirmed with staff that the business had not received any threats and there had been no suspicious activity.  Responding personnel and staff checked the building and there was no indication there was any actual danger.  There were no injuries from the incident and the investigation into who called is ongoing.  Anyone with information about this or any other crime is asked to contact CRIMESTOPPERS at (800) 392-TIPS or (800) 392-8477 or Mexico Public Safety at (573) 473-5800 or 9573) 581-2100.

 




Weekend Report- March 7-8, 2020

 

MAN INJURED IN SATURDAY NIGHT WRECK

 

A Jefferson City man was injured in a one-vehicle wreck Saturday night in St. Francois County.  21 year old Garrett Mason was on Highway D when his truck traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck 2 signs and overturned.  He was taken to Parkland Health Center in Farmington for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

DRIVER HURT IN EARLY SATURDAY MORNING CRASH

 

A St. Louis driver was hurt in a crash early Saturday morning in St. Louis County.  The patrol says that a Ford Explorer driven by 44 year old Steven Lucas of Sunset Hill was merging onto Lindbergh Blvd. when it struck the right side of a car driven by John Matteucci of St. Louis.  The St. Louis man was taken to Mercy Hospital South for treatment of minor injuries.

 

MAN HURT IN FRANKLIN COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A Rolla man was hurt in an accident that occurred at 5am Saturday in Franklin County.  41 year old Michael Callahan was on Highway 100 when he swerved to avoid an animal in the roadway, overcorrected, causing his vehicle to travel off the left side of the roadway, overturn and strike a tree.  He sustained minor injuries and was transported by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Washington for treatment.

 




March 6, 2020

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY ROUTE E WILL TEMPORARILY CLOSE FOR CULVERT WORK

 

Weather permitting, MoDOT crews will be doing the following work on Montgomery County Route E.

 

Montgomery County Route E - Mar. 9-13, road will be closed from Montgomery County Route CC to Pine Knot for culvert replacements. Work will be completed between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. each day.

 

Montgomery County Route E – Mar. 16-17, road will be closed from Pine Knot to Montgomery County Route O for culvert replacements. Work will be completed between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. each day.

 

Motorists will need to use alternate routes during these times.

 

This work is weather dependent and could be rescheduled or delayed.

 

COLUMBIA MAN WHO PLANNED A TERRORIST ATTACK HAS BEEN SENTENCED

 

A 28-year-old Missouri man who admitted plotting a terrorist attack in Kansas City has been sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison. Robert Lorenzo Hester Jr., was sentenced Wednesday. He pleaded guilty in September to providing material support or resources to terrorists. Hester, of Columbia, was charged in February 2017 with helping to plan an attack on buses, trains and a train station in Kansas City. Prosecutors said he thought he was working with ISIS terrorists but his contacts were actually undercover federal agents. Hester provided materials such as nails and duct tape that he believed would be used to create bombs.

 

MODOT TO CONDUCT ROUTINE BRIDGE MAINTENANCE IN BOONE COUNTY

 

Missouri Department of Transportation crews will conduct routine bridge maintenance that will close two sections of Boone County Route F: 

 

Monday, March 9: Over Perche Creek, north of Porter Road.

 

Tuesday, March 10: Over Coon Creek, north of Stidham Road.

 

Work is weather permitting and could be delayed. Each road will be closed between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. each day. Motorists are advised to seek an alternate route around the work areas. MoDOT appreciates the patience of travelers while the work takes place.

 

 




March 5, 2020

 

HELICOPTER MAKES EMERGENCY LANDING

 

A medical helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing south of Moberly and close to Clark, near highway 63 and route B, in southern Randolph County Wednesday evening.  According to authorities an Air-Evac helicopter was transporting a patient from Kirksville to Columbia when the helicopter had a mechanical issue resulting in the emergency. None of the 4 people on board at the time, the patient or the three crew members were injured as a result of the incident. First responders quickly worked to prepare a landing area so a second helicopter based out of the Moberly Air-Evac base could land and finish transporting the patient. The patrol said the craft did have some damage as a result of the landing. While the cause of the crash is unknown at this time, the company is conducting their own investigation and the FAA and Federal Transportation Safety board has been notified.

 

COLUMBIA WOMAN INJURED IN OVERNIGHT CRASH IN CLAY COUNTY

 

A Columbia woman is injured after an accident in Clay County early Wednesday morning. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a vehicle driven by 23 year old Jazmen Groves of Columbia was southbound on I-435 at the I-35 intersection just after midnight Wednesday. At that time, her vehicle traveled off the roadway and struck a concrete barrier. Groves was taken by KC Fire to North Kansas City Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

 

COLUMBIA OFFICIALS TO HOST COMMUNITY BRIEFING ON CORONAVIRUS

 

Columbia Mayor Brian Treece will host a community briefing and press conference Thursday, March 5, at 10 a.m., to discuss the area's combined efforts in planning and responding to the coronavirus. The briefing will include remarks from Mayor Treece, Columbia/Boone County Department of Public Health and Human Services Director Stephanie Browning, University of Missouri Chancellor Alexander Cartwright and MU Health Care Chief Medical Officer Dr. Stevan Whitt. The briefing will be held in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 701 E. Broadway.  All members of the media and community are invited to attend. The briefing will be live-streamed at http://gocolumbiamo.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?publish_id=4ae03cbf-2aad-488e-b06a-906c5f1bb378




March 4, 2020

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY ROUTE E WILL TEMPORARILY CLOSE FOR CULVERT WORK

 

Weather permitting, MoDOT crews will be doing the following work on Montgomery County Route E.

 

Montgomery County Route E - Mar. 4-6, road will be closed from Montgomery County Route DD to Montgomery County Route CC for culvert replacements. Work will be completed between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. each day.

 

Montgomery County Route E - Mar. 9-13, road will be closed from Montgomery County Route CC to Pine Knot for culvert replacements. Work will be completed between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. each day.

 

Motorists will need to use alternate routes during these times.

 

This work is weather dependent and could be rescheduled or delayed.

 

MISSOURI HOUSE PASSES REVAMPED VOTER ID LAW

 

The Republican-led Missouri House has passed a revamped version of a Missouri voter photo identification law that was gutted by the state Supreme Court. Judges in January permanently blocked a central provision of the 2016 voter identification law that required voters without a photo ID to make a sworn statement in order to cast a regular ballot. The Republican-led state House in response on Monday voted 109-45 for a bill that would give voters two options: either show a photo ID to cast a regular ballot or cast a provisional ballot.

 

KIRKSVILLE MAN’S LAWYER SPEAKS ON CLIENT’S MURDER CONVICTION

 

With the high-profile murder trial of Danny Welte now over, we're hearing from his defense attorney for the first time.  In light of overwhelming evidence against the Kirksville man, Welte's lawyer, Charlie James, says that after the fact his team's goal throughout the trial was to avoid a first-degree murder conviction. The defense also argued for Welte to be convicted of manslaughter, but James admits, the chances for that outcome were slim. Judge Steele will weigh evidence from both the Prosecution and the Defense, as well as a report from the State Board of Probation and Parole, before sentencing Welte. May 4th is the scheduled date for the sentencing hearing.

 




March 3, 2020

 

MODOT ANNOUNCES BRIDGE PROJECT CLOSING ROUTE 63 IN COLUMBIA

 

Missouri Department of Transportation crews will be fixing a bridge joint on northbound U.S. Route 63 over Interstate 70 in Columbia this week. The work began on Sunday night as the passing lane of the northbound Route 63 bridge over I-70 was closed to traffic. One lane will be open at all times to traffic. The work is expected to be completed by Wednesday. There will be signage in place to warn drivers of the closed lane ahead. Motorists are encouraged to slow down, use caution, and pay attention in the work zone. Work is weather permitting, and could be delayed. For more information and updates about this project or other transportation-related matters, please call 1-888-ASK-MoDOT (275-6636) or visit www.modot.org/central. Follow the MoDOT Central Missouri District on Facebook and Twitter for project updates.

 

MORE THAN 800 APPEALS FILED OVER MEDICAL MARIJUANA LICENSING

 

More than 800 appeals have been filed by companies that were denied state permits to grow, sell or distribute medical marijuana in Missouri. As part of the process to launch Missouri's new medical marijuana program, the state received 2,266 marijuana business applications filed by at least 700 different groups. It awarded 60 licenses to grow marijuana, 86 to make marijuana-infused products and 192 to open dispensaries. The state's Administrative Hearing Commission had received 845 appeals of those denials by Friday. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services has hired three outside lawyers to help the state's legal team review all the appeals.

 

MAN INJURED IN MONDAY AFTERNOON ACCIDENT

 

A Hermann man was injured in an accident that occurred at around 3pm Monday in Gasconade County.  23 year old Joshua Vance was on MO 19 when he failed to negotiate a curve, traveled off the roadway, struck a utility pole and a tree.  He was taken to Hermann Area District Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

 




March 2, 2020

 

ONE KILLED, ANOTHER SERIOUSLY INJURED IN SUNDAY AFTERNOON ACCIDENT

 

A woman was killed and a man was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at around 4:20pm Sunday in Osage County.  The patrol says that 79 year old Bobbie Copeland and his passenger 72 year old Phyliss Copeland of Vienna, MO were on US 63 when their vehicle traveled off the right side of the roadway, struck a metal post and overturned, struck another metal post and a building.  She was pronounced dead at the scene while the man was taken to University Hospital in Columbia with serious injuries.

 

MAN HURT IN ST. CHARLES COUNTY CRASH

 

An O’Fallon man was hurt in a motorcycle crash Sunday night in St. Charles County.  36 year old Korey Kintz was riding his motorcycle on Highway N when he failed to stop at a stop sign, swerved to avoid an unknown vehicle and was ejected from the motorcycle.  He was transported to St. Joseph West Hospital in Lake St. Louis for treatment of minor injuries.

 

BODY OF MISSING NEMO MAN FOUND

 

A missing northeast Missouri man has been found dead. According to the Marion County Sheriff's Office, Harrison Charles Vessell, 22, of Hannibal, was found deceased on Saturday. Authorities say Vessell left his residence on West Ely in Hannibal, Mo., on foot just before midnight on Monday, February 17. He was in possession of a 9mm handgun. The next day, an Endangered Person Advisory was issued for Vessell.

Prior to leaving his home, he left a note that contained suicidal statements. Further contact was made via text message with an acquaintance, but then his cell was reported to not be functioning. On Saturday, Vessell was found deceased by search parties and located within the city limits of Hannibal. Our sister station, KHQA reports that Marion County Coroner Richard Jones pronounced Vessell dead at 1:36 p.m. The investigation was conducted by the Marion County Sheriff's Office with assistance from the Hannibal Police Department. No foul play is suspected and authorities say this is an isolated incident.

 




March 1, 2020

 

MAN AND WOMAN INJURED IN SATURDAY AFTERNOON ACCIDENT

 

A man and a woman from Blue Springs were injured in an accident that occurred at 2:20pm Saturday in Cooper County.  The patrol says that 42 year old Robert Meier and his passenger 43 year old Jamie Meier were riding a Harley Davidson Tri-Glide motorcycle on Highway 41 when he failed to negotiate a turn, causing the motorcycle to travel off the right side of the roadway and overturned, ejecting both from it.  Both were transported by ambulance to University Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries.

 

MAN HURT IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH

 

A Fulton man was hurt in a motorcycle crash Saturday morning in Cole County.  39 year old Travis Adkerson was on US 50 when his motorcycle ran off the left side of the road, struck a pavement edge and overturned.  He sustained moderate injuries and was taken to SSM St. Mary’s for treatment.

 

TEEN HURT IN EARLY SUNDAY MORNING WRECK

 

A Sullivan teen was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck early Sunday morning in Franklin County.  18 year old Cailie Ann Head was on Hardecke Road when her Jeep traveled off the left side of the roadway, struck a ditch and overturned.  She was taken to Missouri Baptist Hospital in Sullivan for treatment of minor injuries.

 




February 28, 2020

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY ROUTE E WILL TEMPORARILY CLOSE FOR CULVERT WORK

 

Weather permitting, MoDOT crews will be doing the following work on Montgomery County Route E.

 

Montgomery County Route E - Mar. 4-6, road will be closed from Montgomery County Route DD to Montgomery County Route CC for culvert replacements. Work will be completed between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. each day.

 

Montgomery County Route E - Mar. 9-13, road will be closed from Montgomery County Route CC to Pine Knot for culvert replacements. Work will be completed between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. each day.

 

Motorists will need to use alternate routes during these times.

 

This work is weather dependent and could be rescheduled or delayed.

 

MISSOURI HIGHWAY PATROL ASKS FOR PUBLIC HELP IN SEXUAL ASSAULT CASE

 

The Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control is asking for the public's help regarding a sexual assault investigation in the Lake of the Ozarks area. Last month, Carl Mort, 41, and Cassandra Wedeking, 39, of Overland Park, Kansas, were formally charged by the Morgan County Prosecuting Attorney with 1st degree rape, four counts of sodomy, and drug charges. 
The charges were the result of an ongoing investigation in the entire Lake of the Ozarks region, including Camden, Miller, and Morgan counties.
Investigators from the Division of Drug and Crime Control are requesting anyone who has information about any sexual assaults that may have occurred over the past five years in the Lake of the Ozarks region to please come forward. Both a male and a female suspect may have befriended the victim(s), provided alcohol/drugs before or after taking them to a boat, and then sexually assaulted them.
If you are a victim, possible witness, or can provide any further information about the potential crime(s) described, please contact the MSHP Troop F Criminal Unit at telephone number 573-526-6329, ext. 3632.

 

 




February 27, 2020

 

BOONVILLE WOMAN DIES IN WEDNESDAY MORNING ACCIDENT ON I-70

 

A Boonville woman is dead after an accident on I-70 in Cooper County Wednesday morning.  According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a vehicle driven by 35 year old Chantel Winfield of Boonville was westbound on I-70 just east of the 114.6 mile marker at around 6:30 Wednesday morning when she lost control of the car on a patch of ice.  The vehicle traveled off the left side of the road and struck the concrete barrier then returned to the road.  While back on the road, Winfield made an attempt to exit her vehicle while it was moving and it continued off the right side of the road.  She was pronounced dead at the scene by the Cooper County Coroner.

 

TRIAL FOR KIRKSVILLE MAN ACCUSED OF KILLING HIS WIFE BEGAN TUESDAY

 

After pleading not guilty, the Kirksville man charged with murder in the shooting death of his estranged wife will get what he requested: a trial by jury.

Danny Welte is accused of murdering his wife, Echo Leanne Welte, in the Kirksville Days Inn parking lot on November 17th, 2016. Welte faces charges of first-degree murder and armed criminal action.

His trial started Tuesday morning with jury selection in Adair County Circuit Court.

Police said in a 2016 probable cause statement that Danny Welte shot Echo Leanne in the back of the head with a handgun, then he fled the scene. Welte’s daughter told police on the scene that Welte called her afterward, apologizing.

Security cameras recorded the killing on video. Both Welte and a witness who tried to stop Echo’s death gave authorities a story that matches the security camera footage.

Jurors are expected to view evidence including the security video, which shows Echo’s death, during the course of the trial.  Judge Russell Steele told the room that researching the case outside of the trial as a juror would be a Class A misdemeanor under Missouri law. Seven men and seven women were selected to serve on the jury.

 

HUGE TRANSFORMER ESCORTED ON US 63 FROM LAPLATA TO QUEEN CITY

 

A piece of equipment so large it required traffic control and a law enforcement escort made its way through northern Missouri on Wednesday. A massive transformer arrived in La Plata by rail and was then loaded onto a large multiple-axle trailer. It was hauled north on Highway 63 through Kirksville to Schuyler County Route O in Queen City. The Missouri State Highway Patrol provided an escort for the massive transformer, which measures 12’ wide by 13.5’ high by 30’ long. It will be put in place as part of the High Prairie Wind Farm project. It was being transported to a new substation along Route O where it will be connected to a new transmission line. This is part of the wind farm being developed by Terra-Gen. Motorists along Highway 63 had some minor delays due to the huge shipment making its way through. La Plata Fire and Rescue helped blocked Highway 63 in La Plata for a while. Those on the scene said they had never seen anything so massive on the road. Kirksville police also provided traffic control on Highway 63 in Kirksville. Sergeant Tom Rohn, who was part of Wednesday's escort, cautioned that northeast Missouri motorists should be aware as those in charge of the wind farm continue to haul in more wide loads in the coming weeks.

 




February 26, 2020

 

COLUMBIA POLICE MAKE SECOND ARREST IN CONNECTION WITH SHOOTING

 

Columbia Police have arrested a suspect in connection to a deadly shooting, which occurred during a home invasion earlier this month. 25 year old Justin Shelton was taken into custody Monday night on suspicion of second-degree murder.  20 year old Grace Avery was arrested in the same case last Friday.  Court documents connect the two to the shooting death of Joseph Taylor, during a home invasion on February 5th Shelton is being held without bond as the investigation continues.    

 

MILAN MAN CHARGED WITH MURDER       

 

A Milan man has been charged with murder in connection with a December death.  32 year old Luke Hunsaker, of Milan, was arrested Tuesday.  He has been charged with second-degree murder and delivery of a controlled substance.  Milan Police say Hunsaker is accused of distributing a drug that resulted in the death of a victim in Milan on December 24th He is being held on $100,000 dollars cash-only bond. 

 

POLICE RELEASE NAME OF KIRKSVILLE CRASH VICTIM 

 

Kirksville Police have released the names of the drivers involved in a fatal traffic crash, which occurred in Kirksville on Monday.  28 year old Monica Steele, of Kirksville, died from injuries sustained in the collision at the Highway 63/Route 6 intersection.  Investigators say Steele was driving an SUV northbound on 63 when a tractor-trailer, driven by 49 year old John Blenz, of Kingman, Kansas, attempted a left turn into her path.  Blenz was treated for minor injuries. 

 




February 25, 2020

 

COLUMBIA POLICE INVESTIGATE MONDAY MORNING ASSAULT

 

Columbia Police investigated an assault that took place in the downtown Columbia post office early Monday morning. At approximately 1:36 a.m., Feb. 24, CPD was notified that a man had been assaulted with a pole at 511 E. Walnut St., inside the lobby of the U.S. Post office located in downtown Columbia. The victim was reported to have left the U.S. Post office and walked to the Columbia Police Department after the assault. Officers made contact with the man in the lobby of the police department and emergency medical personnel arrived and transported the victim to a hospital to treat life-threatening injuries.

Eddie B. Linzie, 43, of Columbia, was arrested for assault in the first degree and armed criminal action. Linzie remains in custody at the Boone County Sheriff’s Department.

This is an ongoing investigation, and there is no additional information to release at this time. Anyone with information relating to this matter is asked to contact the Columbia Police Department at 573.874.7652 or CrimeStoppers at 573.875.TIPS (8477) to remain anonymous.

 

MISSOURI BILL LOOKS TO DECREASE TEEN SUICIDE RATE

 

According to the United Health Foundation, the rate of teen suicide last year reached ten per 100,000 teenagers. However, in Missouri, about 15 out of every 100,000 teens died by suicide. State representatives in Missouri are looking to reduce that number.

Members of the House have discussed a bill that would allow unaccompanied minors to enter into their own mental health contracts. One strong supporter of the bill is Mary Chant. Chant is the Executive Director of the Missouri Coalition of Children’s Agencies.

Chant is a strong supporter of the bill and believes it will combat the serious situations that unaccompanied minors face. The bill is sponsored by Representative Patricia Pike of Adrian, Missouri.

 

MEXICO PUBLIC SAFETY DEPARTMENT NEWS

 

On Friday, February 21 at approximately 7:58AM, the Mexico Public Safety Department responded to the 900 block of W Breckenridge in reference to a burglary that had just occurred.  Responding personnel found evidence that John S Kelly, Jr., forced his way into a home in that block at a time he thought no one would be home.  Kelly took some property that was evidence in another crime he is being investigated for.  There are currently court orders of protection in place stating Kelly was to not be at the address or have contact with the residents.  At approximately 1:30PM, Kelly was arrested for the offense.  He was processed at MPSD and taken to the Audrain County Jail for Burglary 1st degree, Violation of an Order of Protection, and Tampering with Physical Evidence.

 




February 24, 2020

 

MAN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION TO 1991 KILLING OF RUSSELLVILLE BOY

 

Authorities say a suspect is in custody in the 1991 killing of a 15-year-old central Missouri boy. Cole County authorities announced the arrest Friday but provided few other details about the suspect in the death of Greg Jones, of Russellville. The suspect's name is not being released because of his age at the time of the death. Jones went missing in April 1991 and his remains were found in June of that year. Authorities said they would not comment further until the case is reviewed by county juvenile authorities.

 

MOBERLY TEEN ARRESTED AFTER LEADING AUTHORITIES ON MANHUNT

 

A north Missouri teen is behind bars accused of fleeing from authorities, almost running over a sheriff's deputy and prompting a manhunt. Triston Paul Rainer, 18, of rural Moberly, was taken into custody just before noon on Friday on a warrant for felony assault and felony resisting arrest.
The charges stem from an incident Thursday night in Moberly when authorities say Rainer fled from deputies as they attempted to stop his truck for careless driving.
 
From Moberly, they ended up south of Huntsville on County Road 2160. During the incident, a deputy was almost hit by Rainer's truck.
Officers with the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office, Missouri State Highway Patrol and Moberly Police Department searched for Rainer after he abandoned his truck on County Road 2435. He was located and arrested just before noon Friday along that same road.

Rainer is being held on $150,000 cash-only bond.

 

KNOX COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE INVESTIGATES BURGLARY

The Knox County Sheriff's Office is working to investigate a burglary. According to NEMO News, that incident was reported south of Hurdland on Friday, February 14. Thousand of dollars worth of property was allegedly stolen from a lodge and nearby shop on Wednesday, February 12. NEMO News says stolen items include shoulder mount deer heads, a full-body turkey mount, pelts, an antique shotgun, 50-inch television, Lincoln arc welder and other miscellaneous tools. Anyone with information about the crime is asked to contact the Knox County Sheriff's Office at (660)397-2186.

 

 

 




Weekend Report- February 22-23, 2020

 

MAN SERIOUSLY INJURED IN FRIDAY MORNING ACCIDENT

 

A Moscow Mills man was seriously injured in an accident that occurred at 10:30am Friday in St. Louis County.  The patrol says that a freightliner driven by 53 year old Marcus Johnson of Memphis, TN and a car driven by 26 year old James McInroy were westbound on I-70 when they both entered a construction zone and the freightliner stopped abruptly causing the front of the car to strike the rear of the freightliner’s towed unit.  McInroy was transported by Air Evac to SSM Health DePaul Hospital with serious injuries.

 

TEEN HURT IN ST. CHARLES COUNTY WRECK

 

An O’Fallon teen was hurt in a one-vehicle wreck Thursday afternoon in St. Charles County.  A 16 year old boy was on Missouri 370 when his car traveled off the right side of the roadway, went down a hill, struck a guardrail and overturned onto Harry S. Truman Boulevard.  He was taken to St. Joseph East Hospital in St. Charles for treatment of minor injuries.

 

WOMAN INJURED IN THURSDAY MORNING CRASH

 

An Imperial woman was injured in a Thursday morning crash in Jefferson County.  35 year old Kristine Jones was on Highway W when her vehicle ran off the right side of the road and struck a utility pole.  She sustained minor injuries and was taken to St. Clare Hospital for treatment.

 




February 21, 2020

 

COLUMBIA MAN NOW CHARGED IN MISSING WIFE CASE

 

The American husband of a 28-year-old Chinese woman who has been missing since October is now charged with first-degree murder in her death, even though her body hasn't been found.

Joseph Elledge, of Columbia, Missouri was charged Wednesday in the death of Mengqi Ji. Prosecutors are seeking a $5 million cash-only bond.

A probable cause statement says Elledge did not contact anyone about his wife's disappearance for more than 24 hours and during that time took two drives to rural areas where a body could be disposed of. Authorities have been searching for Ji's body in the Lamine River near Boonville.

 

LEWIS COUNTY MAN, ALREADY ON PROBATION, ARRESTED FOR BURGLARY

 

A northeast Missouri man, already on probation, is in trouble with the law once again.

On Sunday, the Lewis County Sheriff's Office arrested Steven Clay, 44, of La Belle, Missouri, on one count of burglary in the 2nd degree, a class D felony.

Deputies responded to a report of a possible order of protection violation in La Belle involving Clay. When deputies arrived, Clay was located and taken into custody. 

Upon investigation, it was found Clay had entered the residence unlawfully and subsequently was arrested for burglary. Clay is currently under the supervision of the Missouri Department of Probation and Parole for previous felony convictions in the Lewis County Courts. Clay pled guilty on January 6, 2020 to property damage of the same residence where he was located on February 16, and received 180 days in the Lewis County Jail. That sentence was suspended and he was given supervised probation. Clay remains in the Lewis County Jail on a no bond warrant pending a court appearance.

 

PREPARED FOODS COMPANY TO BUILD NEW FACILITY IN MOBERLY

 

A north Missouri town received some great economic news this week. Plumrose USA, a prepared foods and packaged meat company, is planning to build a new bacon facility that will produce ready-to-eat, fully cooked bacon in Moberly. The facility is expected to bring nearly 200 new jobs to the region. In a release from Missouri Partnership, Plumrose USA cited Moberly’s strategic location, as well as support from the community and the state, as key reasons for the decision to expand in the area.

 




February 20, 2020

 

PHOTO OF SECOND SUSPECT RELEASED IN MEMPHIS STOLEN PART CASE

 

A northeast Missouri sheriff's office is still trying to identify two men who stole an expensive part off of a farm tractor. On Wednesday, the Scotland County Sheriff's Office released a surveillance photo of the second suspect wanted in connection with Tuesday morning's crime outside Memphis. Whitney said the surveillance pictures are from a Casey's General Store in Schuyler County. The images were captured about 40 minutes before the duo carried out their crime. Whitney said the two men arrived at Ed's Machinery on Highway 136 just west of Memphis, Missouri, on Tuesday morning. Just after 8 a.m., one of them asked to test drive a tractor. He then drove the tractor to County Road 601 approximately half a mile away. At that location, the tractor's rear power take-off and housing were removed and stolen. The thieves then drove away from the scene in a white Ford F-250 pickup truck. The total value of the stolen property is around $3,500. Anyone with information about this crime or the men involved is asked to call Scotland County Sheriff's Office at (660) 465-2106. The photos of both men are available at ktvo.com

 

WANTED SUSPECT ARRESTED AFTER BEING SPOTTED AT MOBERLY BUSINESS

 

On Monday at 8:00 PM officers with the Moberly Police Department responded to Bratcher’s Market, 301 S Morley St, after receiving a tip of wanted person, Jack Cox, being present at the business. Officers were aware two active Randolph County warrants existed for Cox. As officers arrived they made contact with Cox who was exiting the business. Cox was placed under arrest for two active warrants;

During a search of Cox officers located drug paraphernalia related to methamphetamine use. Cox was unable to post the required $50,000 cash only bond related to his existing warrants and was transported to the Randolph County Jail.

Officers later responded back to Bratcher’s Market in reference to a report of stealing. It was determined Cox and a second male in his company at the time of this arrest stole groceries from the business just prior to officers’ arrival. 

Additional charges related to stealing and possession of drug paraphernalia will be forwarded to the Randolph County Prosecutor’s Office for formal filing.

 

HOUSE HEARING INVOLVES BILL TO OVERTURN MISSOURI BAIL RULES

 

On February 19, 2020, the Missouri House Judiciary Committee held a hearing regarding House Bill 1937. Its purpose is to overturn the bail rules that were adopted by the Missouri Supreme Court in July 2019. The new bail rules that were implemented in July were intended to prevent nonviolent offenders from being stuck in jail simply because they cannot afford bail. The American Bail Association and other critics have noted an unwelcome effect of the legislation. They say that these rules severely limit the ability of judges to impose monetary conditions for pretrial release and have all but eliminated the use of bail as an option. The coalition and other critics have pointed to a significant increase in violent crime, including several high-profile incidents involving defendants released by criminal courts without having to post bail.

The chair of the committee pointed out that there is some disconnect in terms of what the rules appear to say and how the rules are being applied in local jurisdictions.

A vote on this legislation will occur sometime in the next few weeks.

 

 

  

 




February 19, 2020

 

COLUMBIA MAN CHARGED IN CONNECTION WITH JANUARY ROBBERY

 

A Columbia man has now been charged in a robbery that took place late last month.

According to police, 23 year old Austin Turner admitted to family and a friend that he took part in a robbery at the University of Missouri on January 31st. Turner is being charged with first degree robbery in connection to the incident.  The robbery happened on Hitt Street near the Memorial Union on the campus of the University of Missouri According to MUPD, the victim reported being robbed by two men, including one with a knife, who punched him and took his cellphone. The victim told police he chased the robbers and one of them dropped his cellphone, MUPD reported. The robbers reportedly told the victim they had a gun. Turner is being held on 100,000 dollars bond.

 

ENDANGERED PERSON ADVISORY ISSUED FOR MARION COUNTY MAN

 

An Endangered Person Advisory has been issued by the Marion County, Mo., Sheriff's Office. Harrison Charles Vessell, 22, is 5'9" tall, weighing 213 lbs. with brown hair and hazel eyes. He was last seen wearing a grey coat with blue jeans and black shoes. Vessell left his residence on West Ely in Hannibal, Mo., on foot just before midnight on Monday, Feb. 17. He was in possession of a 9mm handgun. Prior to leaving, Vessell left a note indicating suicidal statements. Further contact was made via text message with an acquaintance, but his cell phone is reported to not be functioning at this time. Anyone seeing Harrison Charles Vessell, or anyone having any information related to his location, should immediately dial 911 to contact the nearest law enforcement agency or call the Marion County Sheriff's Office at 573-769-2077.

 

PUBLIC HELP NEEDED IN IDENTIFYING TRACTOR PTO THIEF

 

A northeast Missouri sheriff's office is asking for the public’s help to identify a man who stole an expensive part off of a farm tractor. The Scotland County Sheriff's Office said that at 8:05 a.m. Tuesday, two men arrived at Ed's Machinery on Highway 136 just west of Memphis, Missouri. One of them asked to test drive a tractor. He then drove the tractor to County Road 601 approximately half a mile away. At that location, the tractor's rear power take-off and housing were removed and stolen. The thieves then drove away from the scene in a white Ford F-250 pickup truck. The total value of the stolen property is around $3,500. Anyone with information about this crime or the men involved is asked to call Scotland County Chief Deputy Bryan Whitney at (660) 465-2106.

 

 




February 18, 2020

 

I-70 CRASH INJURES TWO

 

Two Columbia women were injured after a two vehicle accident on I-70 Sunday morning.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, a vehicle driven by 27 year old Sara McCahon of Columbia was entering I-70 eastbound at the 121.6 mile marker.  The crash report says McCahon’s vehicle came to a complete stop and turned westbound into the eastbound lanes.  Her vehicle was struck head on by a tractor trailer driven by 68 year old Howard Salickram of Orlando, Florida. Both McCahon and her passenger 23 year old Elizabeth McCarthy of Columbia were transported by ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia for treatment of serious injuries. Salickram was not injured.

 

OVERNIGHT FIRE DESTROYS NEMO MOBILE HOME

 

An overnight fire destroyed a mobile home in northeast Missouri. According to the Edina Sentinel, the call came in just after 2:30 a.m. Monday. The home is located near the intersection of Reid and South Fourth streets in Edina. Several agencies responded including the Edina Volunteer Fire Department, Edina Police Department, Knox County Sheriff's Office and Ameren Missouri. No injuries have been reported. Authorities say the home was unoccupied when the fire started and that the homeowner is currently out of town. The mobile home is a total loss. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

 

LIVINGSTON COUNTY VEHICLE CHASE ENDS IN ARREST IN CLINTON COUNTY

           

A vehicle chase that began in Livingston County Sunday ended in an arrest in Clinton County.  According to a Facebook release from the Livingston County Sheriff’s office, a vehicle was pulled over in Livingston County on U.S. Highway 36 and the occupants were not cooperating with Missouri State Highway Patrol Troopers. The vehicle began to flee the scene. A chase ensued that included officers from the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department, Chillicothe PD and the Missouri State Highway Patrol.  The suspect vehicle eluded officers with spike strips and hit high speed while on Highway 36. Livingston County law enforcement disengaged from the chase around Cameron.  The car was eventually stopped in Clinton County where it was revealed to be stolen.  Other evidence including a firearm was seized.  One of the occupants also had multiple arrest warrants.

 

 




February 17, 2020

 

MAN INJURED IN ST. CHARLES COUNTY ACCIDENT

 

A Foristell man was injured in an accident that occurred at 5pm Sunday in St. Charles County.  The patrol says that 43 year old Samuel Famous was eastbound on I-70 and following an unknown vehicle too closely when it hit the brakes, causing him to swerve to the left and his car traveled off the road, stru